In an effort to provide states with concrete technical guidelines addressing new forms of assessment, newly mandated accountability systems, and an increased emphasis on student achievement, the Center for Assessment established the Edward F. Reidy, Jr. Interactive Lecture Series (RILS). The goal of the conference is to bring together educational researchers, policy makers, and practitioners to exchange information and discuss and generate practical recommendations. The first annual conference was held in 1999. Each year the conference focuses on a timely topic. 

Past Conferences

2012 Conference: September 13-14, 2012 Boston, MA

Evaluating the Evaluators: Evaluating Educator Evaluation System
The Reidy Interactive Lecture Series (RILS) 2012 focused on the critical issue of how to tell if new models of educator evaluation are fulfilling the intended policy goals or leading to negative unintended consequences.  State and district leaders are racing to develop these new evaluation systems in order to meet promised policy requirements.  Many practitioners and others are rightfully asking, “How will we know if the system is working?" We were fortunate to have had national experts--Henry Braun, Courtney Bell, Heather Hill, and others--along with leaders from Denver Public Schools and Montgomery County lead robust discussions on key considerations for designing evaluations of the evaluation systems. Ed Reidy, in whose memory this conference was named, was best known for his work in innovative assessment programs—notably in Kentucky—but was most interested in the applications of assessment in the service of improved teaching and learning.  When Ed chose what turned out to be his final career area, it was in seeking ways to support improved teaching. We are proud that the 2012 presenters and attendees honored Ed’s memory.    

Thursday, September 13

Evaluating Teacher Evaluation Systems: Introduction and Conference Overview
Scott Marion, Center for Assessment

Session 1

Using Student Work for Educator Accountability: The Road from Authenticity to Validity
Henry Braun, Lynch School of Education, Boston College
Facilitated Discussion by Damian Betebenner
Damian Betebenner, Center for Assessment

Session 2

Validation of Professional Practice Components of Teacher Evaluation Systems
Handout: Theory of Use for Professional Practice Measures
Courtney Bell
Facilitated Discussion by Chris Domaleski
Chris Domaleski, Center for Assessment
Denver Public Schools Educator Evaluation: LEAP
Henry Roman and Pamela Shamburg
Consulting Teachers  Building the Capacity of Teachers and Supporting Student Achievement
David I. Steinberg, Ph.D. Director, Department of Professional Growth Systems Office of Human Resources and Development Montgomery County Public Schools  

Friday, September 14

Panel Discussion:  Identifying the Highest Evaluation Priorities and Beginning the Work (How to Start Developing the Framework and Engaging in High Leverage Studies).
Discussion Facilitated by Marianne Perie, Center for Assessment
Bridging Theory and Practice: 5 Tentative Conclusions by Laurie Wise

RILS: Evaluating the Evaluators
A personal response Brian Gong, Center for Assessment

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