28th Annual Washington State Assessment Conference

Seattle, Washington

The 28th Annual Washington State Assessment Conference

“Teaching, Testing and Technology in the 21st Century”

December 11-13, 2013

Hilton Seattle Airport Hotel and Conference Center

Washington Educational Research Association (WERA) and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) present the 28th Annual Washington State Assessment Conference on December 11-13, 2013 at the Hilton Seattle Airport Hotel and Conference Center. The annual conference is also supported by the Washington State Department of Early Learning (DEL) and Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE).

All registrants will automatically receive one year WERA membership as a benefit of registering for the annual Assessment Conference.

REGISTER NOW to join your colleagues from across the state for this outstanding event. The Pre-Conference on December 11 features 17 half-day workshops on a wide range of topics. The conference will feature two nationally known keynote speakers and two days of breakout presentations from educators across the state. There will be presentations of value for teachers, principals, curriculum specialists, central office staff, and post-secondary educators. We will receive an updates from Mary Alice Heuschel, Chief of Staff for Governor Inslee and from Alan Burke, Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction.  


We continue our focus on PreK-3rd Grade issues with five pre-conference sessions, a special keynote by Eboni Howard (national expert on early childhood assessment and professional development), and many breakout sessions during the conference. For a complete list of the sessions, see the flyer on the WERA website.

WERA is excited to present a conference strand devoted entirely to Technology in the 21st Century.  We've partnered with the educational technology experts at the Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE) to bring you three pre-conferences and many breakout sessions tailored to provide you with the latest technology tools, ideas and resources in the field.  Sign up to learn from some of the best educational technology thinkers in the Northwest!

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ThursdayDavid Berliner, Regents' Professor Emeritus, Arizona State University

Education Myths: What People Believe vs. What Is True

Many people hold misconceptions about our public education system. Some misconceptions are common myths while others have been promoted to advance a particular agenda. Berliner’s keynote will provide the facts about a number of issues, including how the US compares to other countries, how private schools compare to public schools, what factors have the most influence on student achievement, what teachers need to know to be effective, how to motivate teachers to improve student achievement, and the role of retention to help struggling students.

Kenji Hakuta, Professor, Graduate School of Education, Stanford University

Educational Research in the Transition Period to the Common Core: A Focus on the Role of Language

The U.S. educational system is about to enter a period of transition to the Common Core State Standards.  As SEAs and LEAs shift and adapt instructional supports, professional development, and content as well as English Language Proficiency assessment and accountability systems, changes in data and new kinds of research questions will arise.  In this talk, I will provide an overview of the major changes and their implications for research.  Particular emphasis will be placed on the emphasis that the new standards place on the role of language, especially as they extend to classroom discourse and literacy practices.  New kinds of data, such as those generated through technology-enhanced learning environments and assessment systems, will also be highlighted.

We are also honored to welcome Jeffrey Charbonneau, 9-12th grade Chemistry, Physics and Engineering teacher at Zillah High School 2013 National Teacher of the Year, and, Trevor Greene, principal of Toppenish High School, 2013 MetLife/NASSP National High School Principal of the Year.


Pre-Conference (Wed.)
$140 before November 8
$155 November 8 – 27  
$180 after November 27  

Assessment Conference (Thur./Fri.)
*includes WERA membership
$255 before November 8
$280 November 8 – 27  
$300 after November 27

Pre-Conference = 7
Conference = 11

The Hilton Seattle Airport Hotel and Conference Center is just a Link Light Rail ride from beautiful Downtown Seattle.  Enjoy Seattle "the emerald city" surrounded by water, mountains and boasting delicious food.  From the top of the Space Needle to the Underground Tour in Pioneer Square you are sure to find new experiences.  The city awaits you to explore and enjoy.  Visit Seattle’s unique sights at the Pike Place Market, Seattle Aquarium, Seattle Art Museum, Experience Music Project, Tillicum Village and many more.  You’ll be able to plan new adventures so come early or stay for the weekend.  Our hotel group rate can be extended to accommodate your plans, if space is available.
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