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.
We were thrilled to see so many education and measurement professionals and practitioners join us for the first virtual RILS conference in 2020! We had many productive, informative discussions related to the impact of COVID-19 on assessment and accountability, providing greater context and guidance as we move ahead.
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.
The Online Conference Featured Three Main Strands
Each strand offered a range of resources that are now freely available. Below are a series of webinars supporting each strand, and that feature a variety of perspectives from experts and leaders in the field.
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: Classroom and district assessment in a remote or hybrid context
When: Sep 16, 2020 01:00-02:30 PM Eastern Time
Formative Assessment Blog
Summative Assessment Blog
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.
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?