Assessment for the Next Generation Science Standards
Joan Herman is Co-Director Emeritus of the National Center for Research on Evaluation,
Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) at UCLA. Her research has explored the effects
of testing on schools and the design of assessment systems to support school planning
and instructional improvement. Her recent work focuses on the validity and utility
of teachers' formative assessment practices and the assessment of deeper learning
She also has wide experience as an evaluator of school reform.
Dr. Herman is noted in bridging research and practice. Among her books are Turnaround
Toolkit; and A practical Guide to Alternative Assessment, both
of which have been popular resources for schools across the country. A former teacher
and school board member, Dr. Herman also has published extensively in research journals
and is a frequent speaker to policy audiences on evaluation and assessment topics.
She is past president of the California Educational Research Association; has held
a variety of leadership positions in the American Educational Research Association,
National Organization of Research Centers, and Knowledge Alliance; and is a frequent
contributor at the National Academy of Education. Dr. Herman is current editor of
Educational Assessment, serves on the Joint Committee for the Revision of Standards
for Educational and Psychological Testing, and chairs the Board of Education
for Para Los Niños.
Nancy Butler Songer
Nancy Butler Songer is a Professor of Science Education and Learning Technologies
in the School of Education at the University of Michigan and the Director of the
Center for Essential Science. Her research is focused in three areas: (1) “re-purposing
for learning” existing professional modeling, visualization and other computer-based
resources utilized by professional scientists into powerful learning tools for students,
(2) addressing 4-10th grade urban students’ underperformance in science through
the design and evaluation of curricular units and emerging technologies focused
on core content fused with science practices, and (3) designing and evaluating assessments
to measure complex learning in science.
She has a Ph.D. in Science Education from the University of California, Berkeley,
an M.S. in Molecular/ Developmental Biology from Tufts University, and a B.S. in
Biological Sciences from the University of California, Davis. She was awarded a
Presidential Faculty Fellowship from President William J. Clinton in 1996 and is
a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
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