Every year for Fathers’ Day, I celebrate by going to some “exotic” location (like Detroit) for the annual gathering of assessment nerds. The National Conference on Student Assessment (NCSA) is a great opportunity for professional development and catching up with other asessment nerds. Since I drove this year, I seem to have overpacked. That’s a good thing because I can change clothes before going out in the evenings. On the other hand, it’s bad because my spare bed looks like Chico’s threw up on it.