RILS 2020: Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Assessment and Accountability

August - September 2020
| Online

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. This year, we are pleased to sponsor the first online RILS.  The conference experience will feature a wide-range of online programming focused on the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for assessment and accountability.

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The topics addressed at RILS 2020 will be applicable to a broad and diverse audience of education and measurement professionals and practitioners. It is likely to be especially attractive to leaders from state education agencies, local education agencies, education policy leaders, assessment providers, researchers, and academics. 

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 Will Feature Three Main Strands:

Each strand will offer a range of resources available to all RILS participants as well as a series of webinars supporting each strand. Webinars will feature a variety of perspectives from experts and leaders in the field as well as many carefully designed opportunities for participant interaction. 

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

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

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Topic: Classroom and district assessment in a remote or hybrid context
When: Sep 16, 2020 01:00-02:30 PM Eastern Time

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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

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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

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

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

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Topic: Outlook for Accountability
When: Sep 2, 2020 03:00-04:30 PM Eastern Time

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