Annual Conference

The Center has sponsored the Reidy Interactive Lecture Series (RILS) annually since 1999. Typically held in New England each September, this conference brings together a diverse audience to engage with contemporary topic in applied assessment or accountability.

The series is named to honor Edward F. Reidy, Jr., a lifelong educator who played a significant role in improving public education in the state of Kentucky and in the country, as a whole, particularly through standards-based reform.  Ed passed away in August 1999, leaving a legacy of commitment to improved assessment and accountability practices.

As the name implies, RILS is purposefully designed to encourage rich interactions among presenters and participants.  The conference is built around three or four plenary sessions that allows ample time for thoughtful discussion of each topic. Attendees often report that it is the most engaging conference they attend each year.

In keeping with the Center’s balance between technical discipline and policy relevance, topics are selected for RILS that are both currently applicable and likely to have implications in the coming years. Recent topics have included:


  • Assessment Literacy
  • Beyond Next Generation Summative Assessments
  • Assessment in the Classroom
  • Assessing College and Career Readiness
  • Multiple Measures for Assessment and Accountability


RILS: Translating Research to Practice

The Center for Assessment’s Reidy Interactive Lecture Series (RILS) offers a unique, collaborative learning opportunity for educators and assessment professionals across the country. Hear from some of our multi-year attendees about what makes the conference so special and how it helps support better assessment and accountability practices nationwide.