Bringing Educators, Leaders, & Policymakers Together

Events for the passionate changemakers working to improve educational assessment & accountability

Great work is never done alone. Our events are intended to provide an open space for great discussion, idea sharing, collaboration, and inspiration among a wide range of leaders, thinkers, and practitioners in the field committed to improving outcomes for students.

RILS 2021

2021 Reidy Interactive Lecture Series: Design Innovation in Educational Assessment Systems

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.

In 2021, RILS will continue as a no-cost, virtual offering that we hope will sustain the great attendance and participation we saw last year. For RILS 2021, we will step back and address how states can employ lessons from design thinking as they attempt to create innovative assessment systems.

RILS 2021 will comprise six sessions on four different days. Attendance at the first sessions is not required to understand the later sessions (though they will help to provide greater clarity). 

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Claims and Evidence for Through Year Assessments: What We Know and What We Need to Know: A Center for Assessment Virtual Convening

Claims and Evidence for Through Year Assessments: What We Know and What We Need to Know

A Center for Assessment Virtual Convening

“Through year” or “through course” assessment systems are rapidly proliferating. However, there is still little agreement about the types of claims that can be supported and the types of designs that might support such claims. To this end, the Center for Assessment hosted a virtual conference on November 15-16, 2021 to learn from one another about the challenges, risks, and opportunities associated with through year assessment.

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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 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.

The Brian Gong Colloquium provides an opportunity for Center staff to expand our knowledge and increase our effectiveness in supporting innovations and improvements in assessment and accountability.