Measuring Math that Matters: The PARCC and Smarter Balanced Approaches to Assessment
This webinar shares ways to measure mathematics that matter for student success. The assessment consortia talks about current updates and different approaches to assessment that will be of interest to all states considering ways to assess students. It also provides an overview of the Partnership for Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) and Smarter Balanced Assessments.Watch Webinar
Dr. Suzanne Mitchell is currently the Past-President of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics and served on the Board of Directors for the past seven years including representing the Southern 2 region. She served on numerous committees with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and served 10 years on the Board of the Triangle Coalition for Science and Technology Education in Washington DC, including one year as President in 2004. She presently teaches mathematics at Arkansas State University, manages the Improving Teacher Quality federal grant at the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, and is the Executive Director of the Arkansas STEM Coalition. The STEM Coalition coordinates P-16 partnerships and STEM resources through collaboration with business and education representatives and policymakers in Arkansas. During her teaching career, Dr. Mitchell taught a variety of mathematics courses, grades 7-12, and served as the secondary mathematics curriculum coordinator in Pulaski County Special School District in Little Rock, Arkansas, and as the mathematics and science coordinator for the magnet school program in the Kansas City, Missouri School District serving on the administrative team with responsibility for the planning, organizing, and implementing the mathematics and science, environmental science, and the health sciences themes.
Shelbi Cole serves as the director of mathematics for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. Cole is responsible for ensuring that the assessments measure the depth and breadth of the Common Core State Standards for mathematics. She oversees item writing, item quality, item alignment, item sensitivity, and bias and data reviews, as well as the production of formative assessment and professional development materials.
Before joining Smarter Balanced, Cole served as mathematics education consultant for the Connecticut State Department of Education, overseeing the development of the state’s high school mathematics assessment and contributing to the state’s transition plan for the Common Core State Standards. She received her master’s of secondary education and Ph.D. in gifted education from the University of Connecticut, Storrs.
Carrie Piper joined Achieve in March 2012 as a senior adviser in mathematics. Carrie's primary responsibilities are assessment development and design for the PARCC assessments in mathematics. She has over 15 years of experience in the mathematics education and assessment fields. Prior to Achieve, Carrie spent seven years in the assessment industry working for vendors to develop online and paper-pencil assessments for formative and summative assessments in mathematics at the state and district levels.
Prior to Carrie’s work in the assessment industry, she was a mathematics department chair and classroom teacher at the middle and high school levels in Maryland, Virginia, and Florida. While teaching in Maryland, Carrie served on the Maryland State Department of Education Committee for the Performance Standards Setting in Mathematics. In Anne Arundel County, Carrie was a model instructor during summer institutes, a school test coordinator, and developed and scored district-wide assessments for middle school.