This year’s conference theme, "Strength in Numbers," is a celebration of a decade of data-informed progress from across our network and an opportunity to discuss our future direction. Join us for our 10th-anniversary celebration. We will look back at the evidence-informed progress we’ve made as a sector but also look forward to the pressing issues of the day. This year the event will take place at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge, MA from May 20–22, 2019. 

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Wednesday, May 22 • 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Capstone Roundtable — Are Teachers Better Predictors of Student Success than Computer Assessments? Limited seats remain
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During the 2017-18 school year, Youngstown City School District implemented two computer-based assessments to identify student academic ability and identify the proper types of supports needed to positively impact student achievement. While most teachers and administrators embraced this new technology, some remain skeptical of its ability to properly identify those students in need of support, arguing that teachers are the best predictors of student success. This capstone centered around answering the question of whether computer based assessments or teachers better predict how students would do on the end-of-year tests. At this roundtable, SDP Fellow John LaPlante will show how Youngstown teachers did at predicting student success as compared to their computer-based assessments. Did teacher experience have an impact? What about teacher effectiveness ratings? The answers may surprise you.

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John LaPlante

Chief Information Officer, Youngstown City Schools
Early Warning Systems, Program Effectiveness

Wednesday May 22, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm EDT
Agassiz, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)