Leveraging Community for Design Innovation: Engaging Stakeholders

From Session 3 of RILS 2021: Design innovation in educational assessment systems assumes that the design addresses stakeholder needs and concerns with the currently-implemented assessment system, as well as hopes and dreams for the future. Engaging stakeholders is a multi-pronged and ongoing endeavor that, ideally, should inform the problem statement, theory of action, prototyping evaluation, and scaling plans. In other words, stakeholders are a critical aspect of design innovation in educational assessment systems at all phases – especially with assessment systems designed to change, inform, or drive instructional practice in some way. In this session, we will discuss tensions that exist in stakeholder engagement and ways in which two educational leaders have engaged stakeholders in their unique contexts. Brian Reiter from the Hawai’i Department of Education will share about their process of stakeholder engagement in the design of the Hawai’i Comprehensive Assessment Program. Jeff Broom from Chicago Public Schools will share about stakeholder engagement in the design of Chicago Public School’s innovative accountability system.

Watch Carla Evans’s presentation here.