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Assessment and Accountability to Monitor and Support Learning Recovery

September 22, 2022 September 23, 2022 EDT

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


The Center for Assessment
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AC Hotel by Marriott Portsmouth Downtown/Waterfront

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Portsmouth, NH 03801 United States
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.