We are pleased to announce that Neal Kingston, Ph.D. will be our 2016 SIMposium keynote speaker. Dr. Kingston is a Professor in the Research, Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics Program in the Educational Psychology Department at the University of Kansas and serves as director of the Achievement and Assessment Institute (AAI).
In June 2015, the National Association of Assessment Directors honored him at the AERA annual conference for Outstanding Contributions to Education Assessment. These include Dynamic Learning Maps which “are poised to change standardized testing across the US by giving immediate feedback to teachers throughout the school year on the progress of their students,” according to School of Education Dean Rick Ginsberg. The grant supporting the DLMs is the largest grant in KU history.
Dr. Kingston’s research focuses broadly on improving large-scale assessments so they better support student learning, especially the use of fine-grained learning maps as an organizing structure for instruction and formative assessment, which will be the topic of his keynote address.
Author of over 180 publications and presentations on assessment topics, his specialized knowledge and experiences in the development and deployment of various tools are reasons for inviting him to keynote for the Network.