Reidy Interactive Lecture Series

August - September 2020
| Online

Full RILS Agenda

Held each fall since 1999, the Reidy Interactive Lecture Series (RILS) provides an opportunity for a diverse group of participants to discuss timely and important topics in assessment and accountability. In 2020, we sponsored the first virtual RILS event that saw overwhelming attendance and participation. The conference offered a wide range of online programming focused on the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for assessment and accountability.

Thank You!

We were thrilled to see so many education and measurement professionals and practitioners join us for the first virtual RILS conference in 2020! We had many productive, informative discussions related to the impact of COVID-19 on assessment and accountability, providing greater context and guidance as we move ahead. 

We hope you will consider joining us for all or part of RILS 2020. Events will take place throughout August and September.

All conference events and resources are offered free of charge. However, it is necessary to register in advance via the unique registration links below.

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The Online Conference Featured Three Main Strands

Each strand offered a range of resources that are now freely available. Below are a series of webinars supporting each strand, and that feature a variety of perspectives from experts and leaders in the field. 

RILS strand overview

1. Leveraging Assessment to Support Teaching and Learning

We will focus on the near-term priorities for assessment when schools reopen, presumably in the fall of 2020 that can carry educators through the year.  We will discuss assessment approaches designed to help educators and school leaders help move learning forward in the 2020-2021 school year.

Topic: Assessment for Fall 2020
When: Aug 11, 2020 03:30-05:00 PM Eastern Time
Agenda
Materials
Webinar Recording

Topic: Introduction to Professional Assessment Literacy Modules
When: Aug 18, 2020 03:30-05:00 PM Eastern Time
Agenda
Materials
Webinar Recording

Topic: Classroom and district assessment in a remote or hybrid context
When: Sep 16, 2020 01:00-02:30 PM Eastern Time
Agenda
Materials:
Presentation
Principles Blog
Formative Assessment Blog
Summative Assessment Blog

Webinar Recording

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2. Implications for Summative Assessment

This topic will focus on implications for administering statewide summative assessments in spring 2021. We will discuss technical considerations related to test design, administration, scoring, field testing, scaling, equating, standard setting, and reporting.  The goal will be to provide states and their assessment providers with practical guidance to address a range of issues as they develop or refine their operational plans for summative assessments in 2021.

Topic: Spring 2021 Summative Assessment
When: Sep 1, 2020 03:30-05:00 PM Eastern Time
Agenda
Materials
Article: Into the Unknown: Assessments in Spring 2021
Paper

Webinar Recording

 

strand 2

3. The Road Ahead for School Accountability

We will explore strategies to help states address the impact of disruptions in 2020 on school accountability systems in 2021 and beyond.  For example, how should states deal with technical challenges, such as computing academic growth?  What opportunities for innovation and improvement do current circumstances introduce?

Topic: Reporting in 2020-2021
When: Aug 20, 2020 01:00-02:30 PM Eastern Time
Agenda
Materials: Presentation, Paper, Video
Webinar Recording

 

Topic: Calculating Growth
When: Aug 21, 2020 01:00-02:30 PM Eastern Time
Agenda
Materials
Webinar Recording

 

Topic: Entry/ Exit Identification Issues
When: Aug 25, 2020 01:00-02:30 PM Eastern Time
Agenda
Materials, Paper
Webinar Recording

 

Topic: Outlook for Accountability
When: Sep 2, 2020 03:00-04:30 PM Eastern Time
Agenda
Paper
Presentation
Webinar Recording

 

strand 3