Special Interest Groups

Network of Assessment Directors:

The purpose of this group is to support the work of district assessment coordinators/directors in Washington State by:
  • Disseminating information about assessment and assessment–related activities
  • Sharing resources and strategies
  • Learning together on key topics related to assessment and student data
  • Surfacing and discussing issues and strategies regarding our work
  • Advocating for best practices in the area of assessment and the use of student data
The Network meets at least twice a year –
(1) Every August to discuss the spring preliminary data, share strategies for addressing our work, and hear from OSPI what to look for in the coming year.
(2) Each December at the annual WERA/OSPI Conference, to network on the topics of high interest to assessment coordinators/directors presented during the conference.

Highly Capable Special Interest Group (HiCapSIG):

The purpose of this group is to support the work of district Highly Capable Program coordinators/directors in Washington State. Leadership for this group has transferred to Dr. LaWanda Smith at Puget Sound ESD.  She can be contacted at [email protected] or at 425-917-7861.

Data Visualization SIG:

The goals of the Data Visualization SIG include:

  • Creating a culture of inquiry and collaboration,
  • Sharing information and perspectives about data display, including resources and strategies,
  • Promoting best practices in using data display and dashboards,
  • Opportunities to learn from guest speakers and presentations related to data visualization, and
  • Exploring innovative uses of data visualization software for educational data.

For more information, please contact Andrea Meld, Ph.D., Chair, Data Visualization SIG, Assessment Analyst, Kent School District, [email protected]