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The 2023 Reidy Interactive Lecture Series (RILS)

September 21, 2023 @ 8:00 am September 22, 2023 @ 1:00 pm EDT

Portsmouth water front

Reflecting on and Improving Accountability Systems: Promises and Challenges

Our field has been experimenting with assessment innovation for several decades, but accountability has remained fairly stagnant for the past 20 years. Most accountability determinations are still based primarily on some combination of achievement and growth in language arts and mathematics, incorporate no locally-determined indicators, and focus incentives and consequences only on schools.

Fortunately, a growing number of state and district leaders are trying to transform typical approaches to accountability. Together with national research colleagues and state and district partners, we will explore ways to create accountability systems that support at least two related goals for schools: ensuring that meaningful educational opportunities are equitably distributed and improving the functioning and efficacy of schools.

Our goal is for participants to learn from the papers, presentations, discussions, and examples to help design systems that better meet the needs of all of their stakeholders.


($200 per person thru Sept. 1, $250 after Sept. 1)

AC Hotel by Marriott Portsmouth Downtown/Waterfront
299 Vaughan Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801 United States
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AC Marriott Portsmouth Group rate $289/night

Agenda: RILS 2023

Thursday morning: Looking back and looking forward

8:00amBreakfast available
9:00amWelcome and Introduction to RILS
Scott Marion, Center for Assessment
9:15amWhat Problems are Current Accountability Systems Intended to Address?
Scott Marion, Center for Assessment
9:45amWhy Change our Accountability Systems?
Carla Evans, Center for Assessment
Laura Pinsonneault, Center for Assessment
11:00The path forward for school accountability: Practical ways to improve school accountability systems now.
Chris Domaleski, Center for Assessment
Juan D’Brot, Center for Assessment
Laura Pinsonneault, Center for Assessment
Brian Gong, Center for Assessment
Chris Brandt, Center for Assessment

Thursday afternoon: Learning from the Field

1:00pmLearning from the Field
Will Lorié, Center for Assessment
1:15pm Case Study Presentations
   A.  District accountability in Colorado
             Karen Quanbeck, VP of Statewide Partnerships, Colorado Education Initiative
             Elliott Asp, Senior Advisor, Colorado Education Initiative
   B.   Massachusetts Consortium for Innovative Education Assessment (MCIEA)
             Jack Schneider, Dwight W. Allen Distinguished Professor of Education, UMASS,
            Amherst, and Director of Research, MCIEA
             Julie Spencer-Robinson, Strategy and Operations Consultant, MCIEA
               Adding “Student Voice” to the Mix: Perception Surveys and State Accountability Systems
               Performance Assessment: Improving the Utility and Validity of Local and
               State Assessment Systems

  C.    Chicago Public Schools

             Jeff Broom, Director of School Quality, Measurement, Research, Chicago Public Schools
             Augusta Smith, Manager of Performance Policy, Chicago Public Schools
   D.    District and school accreditation
             Jake Goldsmith, Regional VP for the Global Accreditation, Cognia
             Tony Siddall, Senior Director for Accreditation in the Northeast, Cognia
            See: The Role of Accountability Systems and Regional Accreditation in Improving K-12 Education
   E.    Innovating Utah’s State Accountability System
             Darin Nielsen, Associate Superintendent of Student Learning, Utah State Board of
            See: Next Generation School Accountability in Utah: A Report of the Utah
            Accountability Redesign Advisory Committee to the Utah State Board of Education
3:00pmCase Study Panel Discussion
Brian Gong, Center for Assessment
Erika Landl, Center for Assessment
4:00pmEvaluating and Continuously Improving Accountability Systems
Juan D’Brot, Center for Assessment
Chris Brandt, Center for Assessment
5:00pmAdjourn Day One
5:30pmRILS Reception hosted by the Center for Assessment

Friday, September 22nd
8:00amBreakfast available
9:00amA Primer on Design Thinking
Damian Betebenner, Center for Assessment
9:15amReauthorization Design Activity
Scott Marion, Center for Assessment
Will Lorié, Center for Assessment
10:30amGallery Walk
Will Lorié, Center for Assessment
11:00amPractical Considerations for Accountability Innovation
Carissa Moffat Miller, CEO, Council of Chief State School Officers
Chris Domaleski, Center for Assessment
11:45amRILS Closing
Chris Domaleski, Center for Assessment
NoonLunch and Adjourn

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.