Announcing the 2014 MAG Fall Conference October 21 through October 23
Location: The Clarion Hotel, Ocean City Maryland

     The Maryland Assessment Group's Board of Directors is working hard preparing for the annual MAG Conference this fall. This year, the Conference is moving to October to avoid conflicting with PARCC fall assessments. The conference will be held at the Clarion Hotel in Ocean City, Maryland from Tuesday, October 21, 2014 through Thursday, October 23, 2014. Sessions will be presented by MSDE staff, local school districts and other organizations that have direct involvement with state and federally mandated tests. We will have the information you need to prepare for PARCC. Due to the growing interest in the MSDE pre-conference sessions that we have offered the past couple of years, we are excited to offer the following pre-sessions for 2014: Judy Jenkins and Cecilia Roe - "PARCC: Tools for Instruction and Assessment" David Volrath - "Teacher and Principal Evaluation: Year-One Statewide Implementation Results"

     Both sessions will be held simultaneously from 1:00-4:30PM on and will not be repeated. Therefore, when you register for the pre-session you will have to indicate the one you wish to attend. The cost is only $45.00 per person in addition to your MAG Conference registration. By attending both the Pre-Session and the Conference, registrants may be eligible for CPD credit. The MAG conference will officially kick off on Tuesday October 21, with late afternoon sessions. We are excited to announce that Dr. Lillian Lowery, Maryland State Superintendent, will be the keynote speaker at the opening dinner along with a general presentation by MSDE. Dr. Sandra Alberti (Student Achievement Partners) will our Wednesday lunch Keynote Speaker. On Thursday Ms. Laura Slover (CEO of PARRC) will provide the Concluding Keynote at Brunch This year the MAG conference will focus on: Field Testing and Lessons Learned; Transitioning from Field Testing to Operational PARCC; HSA/PARCC Updates on Graduation Requirements; Status of Teacher and Principal Evaluation; Future Accountability Procedures; Lessons Learned from SLOs; Data Integrity; New SAT Format; Item Banking and Formative Assessments; Data Dashboards; Understanding and Transitioning to Common Core; Online Assessments; PARCC and Maryland Accommodations Alignment; and Transitioning to NCSC .

The cost of the conference is as follows: