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Assessment and Accountability to Monitor and Support Learning Recovery

September 22, 2022 - September 23, 2022

This year’s RILS focuses on how state and district leaders can use assessment and accountability to both monitor and support learning recovery as we emerge from the dark cloud of the pandemic.

Thursday, September 22

9:00 Welcome: Best Practices in Using Assessment to Monitor and Support the Recovery

Scott Marion, Executive Director, Center for Assessment


9:15 From Impact to Recovery: How Pandemic Studies Help Inform Recovery Efforts

Damian Betebenner, Center for Assessment
Charity Flores, Indiana Department of Education
Darin Nielsen, Utah State Board of Education
Robert Lee, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education


10:45 Break


11:00 Framing Pandemic Impact and Recovery: District Perspectives

District Perspectives Resources
André Rupp, Center for Assessment
Erika Landl, Center for Assessment

Pandemic Impacts and Recovery Efforts: Gwinnett County
Debbie Durrence, Gwinnett County (GA) Public Schools
Miranda McLaren, Gwinnett County (GA) Public Schools

Pandemic Impacts and Recovery Efforts: Shelby County
SCPS Resource materials
Adam Hicks, Shelby County (KY) Public Schools


12:15 Lunch


1:15 Focusing on the Formative Assessment Processes to Accelerate Learning

Carla Evans, Center for Assessment
Jeri Thompson, Center for Assessment
Caroline Wylie, ETS, Principal Research Scientist/Research Director, K-12 Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Christine Landwehrle, Assistant Superintendent, NH SAU 39
Joe Yahna, Principal (PK-8), Josiah Bartlett Elementary School (NH SAU 9)
Chantel DeNapoli, Elementary Math Specialist, Concord School District (NH SAU 8)
Kathy White, Director of Deeper Learning, New Hampshire Learning Initiative


3:30 How Do We Know If Recovery Strategies Are Working?

Day 1 Evaluation Activity
Juan D’Brot, Center for Assessment
Chris Brandt, Center for Assessment
Scott Marion, Center for Assessment


4:30 Adjourn Day One


Friday, September 23

9:00 Monitoring Progress: But how do you know?

Supplemental Reading
Day 2 Activity Graphic Organizer
Evaluation Plan 101: Documenting Continuous Improvement and Outcomes of a Program
Juan D’Brot, Center for Assessment
Chris Brandt, Center for Assessment


10:15 Break


10:30 The Role of State Accountability and Reporting to Support Recovery

Chris Domaleski, Center for Assessment
Laura Pinsonneault, Center for Assessment
Ajit Gopalakrishnan, Connecticut Department of Education


11:45 Closing Remarks

Chris Domaleski, Associate Director, Center for Assessment


Noon Lunch and Adjourn


September 22, 2022
September 23, 2022


AC Hotel by Marriott Portsmouth Downtown/Waterfront
299 Vaughan Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801 United States
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The Center for Assessment
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The Brian Gong Colloquium

The Brian Gong Colloquium

This annual colloquium is named in honor of Brian Gong, the Center's Co-Founder and former Executive Director. Our aspiration for this internal event is to foster the intellectual curiosity, innovative thinking, and respectful discourse that Brian models. Our staff focuses on a topic that may be outside of their expertise but is likely to have a significant impact in our field of work. We spend one year gathering information on the topic, and we invite experts to join us for the colloquium to share information and engage in discussions.