Education Policy: Challenges in Implementing New Standards and Assessments

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October 8, 2015


4:30 p.m. Reception
5:15 – 6:30 p.m. Program


RAND Corporation
4570 Fifth Avenue, Suite 600
Pittsburgh, PA

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With a new school year underway, debate over education standards and high-stakes testing is taking place nationally as Congress tries to reconcile competing House and Senate rewrites of the controversial No Child Left Behind law.

In Pennsylvania, scores for students in grades 3 to 8 showed significant drops on tests based on more rigorous standards known as the Pennsylvania Core Standards, which are based on Common Core State Standards.

Join our panel of educators and policy experts to learn about Pennsylvania's approach to standards and assessment, what challenges remain, and what the future holds.


Laura Hamilton

Associate Director, RAND Education; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School

Allison McCarthy

Executive Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment, Pittsburgh Public Schools

Cathleen Cubelic

Cathleen Cubelic

President, Western Region of the Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development; Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment at Midwestern Intermediate Unit

Stanley W. Thompson, Director, The Heinz Endowments’ Education Program

Stanley W. Thompson (moderator)

Director, The Heinz Endowments' Education Program

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