Mastering Performance Assessments

March 07 - 07 , 2018

Event Details

Mastering Performance Assessments

Conducted by Jay McTighe and Chris Gareis

Sponsored by the Virginia Association of School Superintendents and
The Virginia Department of Education

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Hampton Roads Embassy Suites and Convention Center


This Performance Assessment Workshop for K-12 teachers and school-based and division-level administrators is a sequel to VASS-VDOE PBA workshops presented by Jay McTighe and Chris Gareis, but it does not require participants to have attended those previous events.  The workshop will provide practical protocols and resources for implementing performance assessments in your school and/or division. The workshop will present steps for achieving inter-rater reliability in scoring performance assessments and for analyzing student work in PLC teams. The workshop will also explore the curricular and instructional implications of a shift to using performance assessments to replace identified SOL tests, including secondary History/Social Studies.

More specifically, the workshop will provide a deeper understanding of the development and use of performance assessments in all subject areas by having participants:

  • Examine two inter-rater reliability protocols for reliably scoring student work on performance-assessments
  • Apply a process for “anchoring” a scoring rubric with student work samples
  • Review a Professional Learning Community (PLC) process for examining student work to identify and plan for addressing student learning needs
  • Consider ways of differentiating performance tasks and still obtaining needed evidence of learning
  • Explore a framework for a curriculum and assessment system constructed around performance tasks
  • Identify ways of integrating Virginia’s “5 C’s” into performance assessments
  • Examine instructional practices (including use of formative assessments) needed to prepare students for performance assessments

Featured Presenters

jay mctigheJay McTighe brings a wealth of experience developed during a rich and varied career in education. He served as director of the Maryland Assessment Consortium, a state collaboration of school districts working together to develop and share formative performance assessments. Prior to this position, Jay was involved with school improvement projects at the Maryland State Department of Education where he helped lead Maryland's standards-based reforms, including the development of performance-based statewide assessments. He also directed the development of the Instructional Framework, a multimedia database on teaching. Well known for his work with thinking skills, Jay has coordinated statewide efforts to develop instructional strategies, curriculum models, and assessment procedures for improving the quality of student thinking. In addition to his work at the state level, Jay has experience at the district level in Prince George’s County, Maryland, as a classroom teacher, resource specialist, and program coordinator. He also directed a state residential enrichment program for gifted and talented students.

Learn more about Jay McTighe here.


chris gareisChristopher Gareis, Ed.D., is a Professor of Education at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, where he teaches courses in curriculum development, instructional leadership, and classroom assessment.  He began his career as a high school English teacher and varsity soccer coach.  He also taught middle school English, science, and mathematics and subsequently led two different middle schools as an assistant principal and then as principal.  Additionally, Dr. Gareis served as an assistant to the superintendent, with responsibilities in strategic planning and facilities design.  In 2001, he joined William and Mary as Associate Dean, in which role he directed the teacher preparation program and developed a network of partnership schools and clinical faculty in support of teacher preparation and school counselor education.  As a faculty member at William and Mary, Dr. Gareis has worked with schools, school districts, state departments of education in the areas of classroom assessment, instructional leadership, curriculum development, teacher evaluation, teacher compensation, strategic planning, and mentoring.  

Learn more about Chris Gareis here.

Event Schedule

The workshop runs from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Registration and breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m.

Lunch will be served at noon.

Registration Details

The workshop fee is $200 for each participant.

Registration fees include breakfast and lunch.

The registration deadline is Friday, March 2, 2018.

In the registration form (below), required fields are indicated with a red asterisk.  Mistakes made in completing the form will be highlighted in red.

Once you have submitted the registration, the person or people whom you have designated to receive a confirmation email should see that email (with registration information included) within 24 hours.

Pre-Payment is not required. However, if you would like to pay now by credit card or PayPal, you will be provided with a link to the VASS online payment portal after you complete your registration.

If you do not pay by credit card or PayPal at registration, the person whom you identify below as the Billing Contact will receive an invoice for payment of the registration fee after the workshop or conference has been held. 

If a purchase order number is provided on the registration form, it will be referenced on the invoice.

Notification of cancellation must be sent by email to Liza Scallet, the VASS Administrative Assistant, by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 2, 2018 . . . or you will be billed in full.

Venue Information

Embassy Suites by Hilton Hampton Hotel Convention Center & Spa
1700 Coliseum Drive
Hampton, VA 23666

Special Group Rate: $119 single/double ($129 triple) ($139 quadruple) plus tax

CODE for Group Rate: VSS

DEADLINE for receiving the group rate: Friday, February 16, 2018

To reserve an overnight room call 757-827-8200


Click here for Embassy Suites by Hilton VASS Group Rate Registration

Contact VASS

If you have questions or concerns, or would like to receive more information about this event, please contact our Administrative Assistant, Liza Scallet.

March 07 - 07 , 2018
Mastering Performance Assessments
Hampton Convention Center
March 02, 2018

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