NAAD Featured Speaker

2019 NAAD/NCME Symposium

April 6 @ 4:10 pm – 6:10 pm

Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Mezzanine Level, Territories

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.


Volunteers Needed!

The Division-H Exhibit booth provides membership information for NAAD and DRE, as well as Division H.  It needs volunteers to staff the booth for one-hour shifts on Saturday, Sunday, and/or Monday.  Please consider volunteering for at least one shift.  The signup sheet is located here


Join NAAD 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. The annual membership renewal notice was sent to current members in early January. If you didn’t receive a notice, please contact Jennifer at
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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.)


NAAD remains in the vanguard of assessment-related practice, policy, and innovation in today’s educational settings.

As a volunteer association of assessment professionals, we:
  • Support the efforts of those who direct the administration of assessment and testing programs in prekindergarten through Grade 16 educational settings.
  • Share information about best assessment practices in educational settings.
  • Encourage the application of sound measurement principles to classroom as well as larger-scale assessment activities.
  • Provide guidance in the appropriate and ethical interpretation of assessment data.
  • Encourage research in assessment and testing in schools.