Hawai‘i Educational Research Association
with support from the
Hawai‘i Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa presents
23rd Annual HERA Conference
University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
Saturday, February 10, 2001
University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Campus Center

Featuring 2 Keynote Presentations, Symposia & Papers

The New Standards-Based HCPS II
State Assessment

Michael Heim and Selvin Chin-Chance of the State Department of Education (DOE) will present an overview of the DOE statewide assessment program, including the new Hawai‘i Content and Performance Standards II (HCPS II). Both Heim and Chin-Chance are long-time members of HERA and have each worked 20+ years in the DOE. Heim is currently the Director of the Planning and Evaluation Group in the recently formed Office of Planning, Budgeting, and Resource Development. His branch includes planning, evaluation, and test development sections; Chin-Chance administers the latter, the Test Development Section of the DOE. This branch provided the leadership and technical support for the DOE's comprehensive needs assessment completed in April 1999. Those results directly influenced the priorities of the Department's Strategic Plan for Standards-based Reform published in September of that year, and they provided part of the conceptual basis for the Standards Implementation Design, a revised school improvement process focused on the standards now being implemented. The Strategic Plan outlines a comprehensive set of multi-year tasks that collectively lead to a standards-based statewide student assessment system, school accountability, professional staff accountability, student accountability (including standards-based student progress report cards), public accounting for other significant partners in public education, and develops assessment and accountability supports (e.g., staff development resources to improve assessment literacy and classroom assessment practice). The Strategic Plan charts an ambitious course for changing the way we view assessment in our public school system, emphasizing a more balanced approach to large-scale assessment that recognizes the value of classroom level assessments. For Heim and Chin-Chance, the years ahead promise to be more challenging than their previous 20. Join us to hear what has been done and what is to come.

Setting Standards in Hawai‘i —
An Overview of Methods, Procedures, and Guidelines

One major continuing issue in large-scale assessment initiatives across the nation is how to set data-based performance levels on complex performance assessments that impact institutional accountability as well as classroom instruction. Tracy Cerrillo will present the methods adopted for the new Hawai‘i Content and Performance Standards II State Assessment and their implications for the statewide assessment initiative. Dr. Cerrillo is a psychometrician with Harcourt Educational Measurement. She did her undergraduate work in psychology and completed her graduate degrees in research methodology at the University of Pittsburgh. She has consulted on several large-scale assessments in Mississippi, Texas, California, Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Hawai‘i. Her research interests include exploring methods for identifying biased test items and procedures for setting standards.

8:00 - 8:30 Registration and Refreshments (Ballroom C)
8:30 - 8:45 Opening Remarks (Ballroom B)
Introduction of HERA Officers
Distinguished Paper Announcement
8:45 - 9:45 Keynote Address
The New Standards-Based HCPS II State Assessment
Michael Heim, Director, Planning & Evaluation Group, Hawai‘i State Department of Education
Selvin Chin-Chance,
Administrator, Test Development Section, Hawai‘i State Department of Education
9:45 - 10:10 Refreshment Break
10:10 - 11:00 Session I for Papers and Symposia (Rooms 306-310)
11:00 - 11:10 Break
11:10 - 12:00 Session II for Papers and Symposia (Rooms 306-310)
12:00 - 12:55 Lunch (Ballroom A)
1:00 - 2:00 Keynote Address
Setting Standards in Hawai‘i: An Overview of Methods, Procedures, and Guidelines
Tracy Cerrillo, Harcourt Educational Measurement
2:00 - 2:15 HERA Membership Meeting

Conference Fees:
Preregister by 1-31-01 $30 (Members*) $45 (Nonmembers)
Register after 1-31-01 $35 (Members*) $50 (Nonmembers)

(*Members of HERA or PDK)

Conference fees include refreshments and lunch, if received before our lunch reservation deadline of January 31st. Registration at the door is $35 ($50 for nonmembers) with no guarantee of lunch. All-day parking on campus is $3. For more information call Kathleen Berg 956-4952 or Shuqiang Zhang 956-4295.