University of Texas

Special Events

PEEQ Educator Accountability Symposium

From Research to Reality: A Symposium on Educator Accountability

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center

Ballroom C, 1900 University Avenue

Austin, Texas 78705



Registration closed on Friday, April 6, 2012, and the event has reached capacity.  Please contact if you have any questions.


The Symposium on Educator Accountability will bridge education policy and research for real world application. The goal of the event is to explore the issues surrounding the implementation of accountability systems that aim to identify effective educators and the programs that train them. The event will bring together policymakers, education leaders, and researchers to discuss these important issues.  Leading experts in the field of educator accountability and value-added models, as well as representatives from states who are implementing educator accountability systems will be presenting.


Check-in – 7:00 – 9:00 AM

Breakfast – 7:30 – 8:45 AM

Welcome & Overview – 9:00 – 9:30 AM

Morning I – 9:30 – 10:45 AM
Using Student Performance in Accountability – J.R. Lockwood and George Noell, Louisiana State University 
National experts in value-added methodologies and evaluation systems, Drs. Lockwood and Noell, will discuss how to select an appropriate model and variables to achieve the goals of diverse types of appraisals. The session will conclude with a discussion of data and policy constraints for developing a statewide accountability system.

Morning II – 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Data Demands – Representatives from Colorado (Bill Bonk), Paul von Hippel (PEEQ), and Wisconsin (Julie Brilli); Moderator – Dan Goldhaber, CEDR
The panel will discuss lessons learned about the decisions and practical constraints of using state-level data that are conducive to both compliance and educator accountability.

Lunch Buffet – 12:00 – 12:30 PM

Lunch Keynote – 12:30 – 1:15 PM
Keynote Speaker – Jerel Booker, Executive Director, Stand for Children and former Associate Commissioner for Educator and Student Policy Initiatives for the Texas Education Agency
Mr. Booker is an expert in policy implementation, and he will provide insight into the legislative role in educator accountability.

Afternoon I – 1:30 – 3:30 PM
State and District Efforts to Develop a Comprehensive Evaluation System – Representatives from the States of Colorado (Bill Bonk), Georgia (Mark Pevey), Indiana (Mindy Schlegel), Texas (Ann Smisko), and Wisconsin (Julie Brilli); Hillsborough County (MaryEllen Elia); Moderator – Jane Lincove, PEEQ
Representatives from state and local education agencies will describe their educator accountability systems and address the investment of staff and resources and lessons learned in developing comprehensive evaluation systems for both educators and educator preparation programs that include more than student test scores.

Afternoon II – 3:45 PM- 4:15 PM
The Impact of Teacher Evaluation – Laura Goe, ETS and National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality
Dr. Goe, an e
xpert in teacher evaluation and accountability for educator preparation programs, will discuss how research, strategic decision-making, and policy implications influence the effectiveness of teachers in the classroom.

Closing Remarks – 4:15 PM- 4:30 PM

Hotel Rooms:

**Update – 3/1/12 – The block of hotel rooms at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center is now full.  There are many hotels near the University of Texas at Austin campus.  A few include: DoubleTree Guest Suites, Doubletree Hotel- University Area, and Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol.


Parking will be available to PEEQ event attendees in the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center garage for the discounted rate of $12 per day. AT&T staff will be available outside Ballroom C during session breaks for you to purchase a parking card that enables you to exit the garage.

In the event that the AT&T garage reaches capacity, parking is also available at the Brazos Garage and the Dobie Mall Garage, which are both within walking distance of the AT&T Center. Rates vary based on the amount of time a car is parked in their facilities, but should not exceed $15 per day.


For questions about the symposium, please email or 512-471-8921.