Upcoming Conferences & Workshops

The Most Cost-Effective Cure for Our Schools: Assessment Literacy with James Popham
May 2nd, 2019, 8:30am - 3:30pm | Bobak's Signature Events

The Most Cost-Effective  Cure for Our Schools:  Assessment Literacy with James Popham


W. James Popham, education researcher, takes on the use of Standardized Testing for school evaluation.  Citing the history of how tests are developed he points to the fallacy of their use in comparing schools, rather pointing to student differences as the reason for test score divergency. Read his article HERE




Increasing the assessment literacy of educators and other key education stakeholders constitutes the hands-down, most cost-effective way to improve schooling. 


The full-day session, designedly interactive in nature, will be focused on assessment literacy, and is intended not only to enhance attendees’ personal assessment literacy, but also to explore pivotal issues associated with the design and delivery of programs intended to promote increased assessment literacy for educators and others, e.g., educational policymakers, parents of school-age children, and the general public. Listed below are the four emphases of the session: Assessment Literacy’s Essence, Assessment Literacy’s Cost-Effectiveness, Understanding an Assessment Literacy, Understanding and Promoting Increased Assessment Literacy.



W. James Popham is Emeritus Professor in the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.

He has spent most of his career as a teacher, largely at UCLA, where for nearly 30 years he taught courses in instructional methods for prospective teachers and graduate-level courses in evaluation and measurement. He won several distinguished teaching awards, and in January 2000, he was recognized by UCLA Today as one of the top 20 professors of the 20th century.

Popham is the author of more than 30 books, 200 journal articles, 50 research reports, and nearly 200 papers presented before research societies. His most recent books are Classroom Assessment: What Teachers Need to Know, 7th ed. and  Mastering Assessment.



Ways to Register

On-Line: Use your Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express card at www.conferences.illinoisstate.edu/ILASCD

Call: 800-877-1478 or 309-438-2160, Mon. through Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and use your Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express.

Mail: Send completed form with check or copy of PO to: ILASCD Popham— Illinois State University, Conference Services, Campus Box 8610, Normal, IL 61790-8610.

Fax: Fax completed form to 309-438-5364 using your Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express or a copy of school P.O.


Conference Fees:


IL ASCD Member $179

1 Person Each $228** (includes IL ASCD Membership)

2 People Each $198*** (2 or more attendees from the same school district/organization. Does not include membership)

3 People Each $188***

Full-Time Student/Retiree $98


Registration deadline: April 25, 2019


A $15.00 fee will be charged for cancellations made in writing prior to the deadline. No refunds will be given after the deadline.

Confirmation will be sent via e-mail after your registration is processed.  Registrations can be transferred to another individual by faxing information to 309-438-5364 or by emailing  dscowde@ilstu.edu