Understanding and Supporting the Development of Performance Assessments for Elementary & Secondary School Administrators: Part I

October 18 2018 - Williamsburg

  • Presented by:
    Chris Gareis and Jay McTighe
  • Type of Event:
  • Registration Fee:
  • Registration Deadline:
    October 12, 2018
  • Cancellation Deadline:
    October 05, 2018
  • Venue:
    Williamsburg Doubletree

Event Details

Understanding and Supporting the Development of Performance Assessments for Elementary & Secondary School Administrators: Part I

The state’s Portrait of a Graduate with its focus on 21st century skills and college and career readiness for students calls for a shift away from an overemphasis on standardized tests toward a more balanced approach to assessment through the inclusion of authentic performance assessments. While performance assessments are not new to education, the challenges of developing them within a standards-based curriculum and using them as accountability measures are.  More importantly, high-quality performance assessments offer a rich opportunity to develop deeper, longer lasting learning outcomes for students.  This one-day workshop provides elementary and secondary school administrators a hands-on introduction to leading the design and use of performance assessments to improve instruction and student learning. 

Participants in this workshop will learn to:

  • Identify common types of performance assessments, including those best used as alternatives to the SOL tests in the Virginia context;
  • Determine the key characteristics of authentic performance assessments;
  • Review sample performance assessments against quality criteria that teachers can use to strengthen their own performance assessments;
  • Identify the types and qualities of effective rubrics for scoring performance assessments;
  • Access a number of excellent resources to support use of performance assessments and associated instruction; and
  • Identify ways in which school administrators can create supportive school environments for the development and use of performance assessments in their schools’ classrooms

This workshop will build on previous sessions provided by the Virginia Department of Education and other professional organizations in the following ways:

  • VDOE officials will describe the current status and future direction of the state’s assessment and accountability system
  • Participants will engage in relevant, practical, hands-on activities facilitated by Jay McTighe and Chris Gareis
  • Usable resources such as review protocols, design templates, and Virginia-specific examples will be provided to participants
  • Participants will have opportunities to network and share ideas to address the challenges and harness the potential of performance assessments.

VASCD is sponsoring a similar workshop designed for Central Office Content Area Specialists and School-Based Teacher Leaders.  For more information and/or to register, please CLICK HERE: VASCD Performance Assessment Workshop

Click here for a Printable PDF Flier on the VASS and VASCD Performance Assessment Workshops.

Featured Presenters

Jay 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.


Christopher 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 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Registration and breakfast begin at 8:00 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, October 12, 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, October 5, 2019 . . . or you will be billed in full.

Registration Fee


Venue Information

Williamsburg Doubletree
50 Kingsmill Road
Williamsburg, VA

$119 single/double

Call 800-222-8733 by September 17 to receive the conference rate

Contact VASS

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

October 18 2018 - Williamsburg
Understanding and Supporting the Development of Performance Assessments for Elementary & Secondary School Administrators: Part I
Williamsburg Doubletree
October 05, 2018

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