March 2–4, 2018 | Madison, Wisconsin

On March 2–4, 2018, NCBE held its semiannual MEE/MPT Grading Workshop to support jurisdiction graders in their grading of the Multistate Essay Examination and the Multistate Performance Test. 429 graders from 39 jurisdictions participated in the Workshop: 46 in person, 119 by conference call, and 235 by registering to view on-demand videos. Additionally, 29 non-attendee graders accessed the items and grading materials for their own jurisdictions’ grading processes.

The hands-on grading sessions throughout the Workshop were led by five members of NCBE’s MEE and MPT Drafting Committees with staff support from NCBE’s Test Operations Department. The grading sessions were preceded by a plenary presentation by four NCBE Testing staff members—Drs. Joanne Kane and Andy Mroch, Sonja Olson, and Matt Samuelson—discussing high-stakes testing principles and grading fundamentals.

During the Workshop, NCBE President Judy Gundersen presented a certificate to longtime Workshop attendee Brad Rice of Texas to acknowledge Rice’s retirement from grading MPTs for the Texas Board of Law Examiners. Rice estimates that since 1998, when he began grading Texas essays, he has graded close to 100,000 exams, mostly MPTs.

See more about the February 2018 MEE/MPT Grading Workshop in this issue’s Facts & Figures.

Workshop session

Workshop facilitators Joelle Moreno (FL), Alexander Scherr (GA), Shelly Kurtz (IA), Adisa Harrington (TX), Jon Carlson (IA)

Jennifer Davis (GU), Ben Tucker (ME)—demonstrating the East-West continuum of attendees.

NCBE President Judy Gundersen presents a certificate to Brad Rice (TX) to recognize his retirement from grading.


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