Last evening (Friday, March 6), both AERA and NCME cancelled their scheduled events in San Francisco in April. 

(The AERA announcement is here, and the NCME announcement is here.)

Over the next few days, NAAD will consider its options. 

We will announce a plan by email and here on the website as soon as possible.

Stay tuned…. and stay healthy!

NAAD Committees

NAAD is establishing several committees. You are invited to join one or more of those committees. Please see the NAAD Committees tab above for details.

To volunteer for one or more committees, please click here.



Teacher-Assisted Feedback

The Learning Agency and Georgia State University are conducting a research project involving teacher feedback to students on their argumentative writing. The novel element is that artificial intelligence produces feedback suggestions to teachers who then communicate it to their students. To prepare the AI to do so, the project needs samples of student writing. Participating districts and states would receive funding and gain first access to the resulting free tool.

While NAAD does not endorse such projects, we did agree to publicize it so that our members can decide for themselves whether to participate. For further information, please contact Ulrich Boser at


Formative Assessment Video Series

(with Rick Stiggins)

Image result for rick stigginsWe are pleased to post this presentation (see link below) from the Alberta Assessment Consortium.  It consists of a series of brief responses by Rick Stiggins to key formative assessment questions posed by the Alberta folks.  Each video segment addresses one question.  By producing the program in this way, you can view all segments or select and order those segments that best fit your needs.  The specific topic that might be of greatest interest to NAAD members could be Rick’s description of balanced assessment systems, but other topics related to the use of assessment as an instructional intervention may be helpful too.  

Formative Assessment Video Series


NAAD Invited Lecture 

Assessment Lessons from the National Research Council and the Promise of Formative Assessment

These are the slides that Dr. Michel Rodriguez from the University of Minnesota used during his NAAD lecture in Toronto in April 2019.

(Click below to download.)


PBIS Webinar Slides

Loudoun County (VA) Public Schools hosted a webinar earlier this year regarding their implementation of PBIS and its impact on instruction and assessment.  The webinar was recorded.  The slides and accompanying narration are provided below.


Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

NAAD-NCME Invited 2-Hour Symposium

(Toronto: April, 2019)

Assessment Literacy:  Tactics for Traction and Strategies for Success

Panelists (alphabetical)

  • Kecia L. Addison, Directors of Research and Evaluation and Montgomery County (MD) Public Schools
  • Mike Beck, Beck Evaluation and Testing Associates, Inc.
  • Chris Gareis, William and Mary School of Education
  • Thomas Guskey, University of Kentucky
  • Susan Nolen, University of Washington
  • W. James Popham, UCLA, Emeritus

Session Moderator: Stephen C. Court, CRESST and NAAD President, 2019-2020

Session Description

Assessment literacy has become more prominent and pressing this decade.  The topic is discussed more widely and more frequently.  Articles appear in not only academic journals but also popular periodicals and other publications, ranging from books to blogs.  Assessment literacy surveys and self-assessments circulate.  Federal guidance has been issued guidance on how to leverage ESSA funds to support assessment literacy efforts at the state and local levels.  Task forces and ad hoc alliances have been formed.  Entire websites are now devoted to the topic.  They include not only articles and blogs but also sets of online instructional modules and other useful resources intended to raise the assessment literacy levels of their viewers.  NCME is rating the quality of these resources and will link acceptable ones to its website.

Yet, despite the increase in salience, funding, and resources, assessment literacy levels remain woefully low among too many members of major stakeholder groups – from students and teachers to the U.S. Secretary of Education.  A more concerted and effective effort is needed.  As a national organization, the National Association of Assessment Directors (NAAD) seems perfectly positioned to coordinate an inter-organizational campaign to raise assessment literacy levels by increasing effective use of existing resources.

During this invited NAAD/NCME symposium, a panel of noted assessment literacy experts and district-level practitioners will discuss goals, strategy, tactics, and timelines for such a campaign…with abundant opportunity for audience input.

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or Renew Your Membership
Please renew your membership in – or join – the National Association of Assessment Directors. NAAD continues to maintain our original low membership fee of $20 for 2019-2020. The annual membership renewal notice was sent to current members in early January. If you didn’t receive a notice, please contact Jennifer at
to update your contact information.
New and continuing members may pay the membership fee with a credit card through PayPal.
Or you may print a copy of the membership form that appears at the same location on the website and mail it with your 2019-2020 payment to the address listed there.

We welcome new members, including grad students, and encourage you to share information about NAAD membership with your colleagues. 

(NOTE:  You need not be an assessment director to join NAAD.)