The theme of the 2018 NCME conference is “Here and There and Back Again: Making Assessment a Stronger Force for Positive Impact on Teaching and Learning.” This theme seeks to cultivate the interplay between testing (in all its forms) and the processes of instruction and learning. Assessments vary in their appearance and structure, and they fulfill a range of purposes. Such purposes are innately evaluative in nature, but assessment data can and should be viewed as meaningful by relevant stakeholders.  To this end, thoughtful reflection on the information gathered through assessment activities (and how it is collected) presents considerable opportunities for the strengthening of connections between what examinees know and how such knowledge develops, as well as with our methods for assessment.  Through this theme, the 2018 conference will focus on research, development, and policy that – across contexts and settings – explores and encourages strong, positive connections between assessment, teaching, and learning.




ACTNext NCME 2018 Session Times and Presentations

April 12: Pre-Conference

Pre-Conference Workshop: Computerized Multistage Adaptive Testing: Theory and Applications

Time: 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Location: *New York Hilton Midtown Hotel (Madison)

Presenting Author: Alina A. von Davier

April 13: Pre-Conference

Pre-Conference Workshop: Evidenced-Centered Design and Computational Psychometrics Solution for Game/Simulation-based Assessments

Time: 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Location: Majestic II

Presenting Author(s): Alina A. von Davier, Pak Chung Wong

April 14

Coordinated Session: Validity Considerations for New Data in Performance Learning and Assessment

Time: 10:35 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.

Location: Broadway II

Title: Evidence of Evidence: Bridging the Gap between Multimodal Data and Ecologically Valid Assessment of Complex Skills

Presenting Author: Saad Khan


Symposium: Reflecting on Item and Form Development

Time: 12:25p.m. – 1:55

Location: Ambassador II

Title: The Expanded Evidence-Centered-Design (e-ECD) Framework for Learning & Assessment Systems

ACTNext Author(s): Meirav Attali, Benjamin Deonovic, Alina A. von Davier

Presenting Author: Meirav Attali


Coordinated Session: Response Times in Educational Measurement: Moving Beyond the Simple Structure Hierarchical Model

Time: 2:15 p.m. – 3:25 p.m.

Location: Broadway II

 Title: Response Moderation Models for Conditional Dependence Between Response Time and Accuracy

Presenting Author(s): Maria Bolsinova

April 15

Featured Session: Measurement Problems 2: Panel Discussion

Time: 2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Location: Majestic II

Presenting Author: Alina A. von Davier


Business Meeting: SIG-Large-Scale Assessment

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Location: *New York Hilton Midtown, Fourth Floor, New York Suite

Title: Argument for a “Data Cube” for Psychometric Data

Presenting Author: Alina A. von Davier

April 16

Coordinated Session: Diagnosis and Feedback in Learning and Assessment Systems

Time: 8:15 a.m. – 10:15a.m.

Location: Broadway III


Title: Testing for learning: Actionable instructional feedback based on the ACT Test

Author(s): Pravin Chopade, Alina A. von Davier, Pamela Paek, Jimmy de la Torre, Melanie Rainbow-Harel, David Carmody

Presenting Author: Pravin Chopade


Title: Modeling skill evidence from test preparation learning behaviors

Author(s): Benjamin Deonovic, Steve Polyak, Michael Yudelson

Presenting Author: Benjamin Deonovic


Title: Urnings: A Rating System for Learning Analytics

Presenting Author: Gunter Maris


Electronic Board: Session 4 – Symposium on Next-Generation Assessment of Collaborative Problem Solving Skills

Time: 12:25 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.

Location: Gershwin I

Title: Interaction and Sub-Skills Scoring Methods for Collaborative Problem Solving Human-Agent Assessment

Author(s): Pravin Chopade, Kristin Stoeffler, Alina A. von Davier, Yigal Rosen

Presenting Author(s): Maria Bolsinova, Pravin Chopade