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RAN: What It Is, What It Isn't, and Why It Matters?
Participants will learn more about Acadience RAN, what it is and how it is related to reading. In addition, we will share practical information about the use of Acadience RAN for determining risk for future reading difficulties. Recently developed cut points for risk for Acadience RAN also will be shared.

Dr. Kelly A. Powell-Smith, Chief Science Officer
Dr. Jacob S. Gray, Director of Data Analysis


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Dr. Kelly A. Powell-Smith
@Acadience Learning Inc.
Kelly A. Powell-Smith, Ph.D., NCSP, is the lead author on Acadience RAN, Acadience Reading Survey, and Acadience Reading Diagnostic assessments (PA/WRD and CFOL). Dr. Powell-Smith, a nationally certified school psychologist, obtained her doctorate in school psychology from the University of Oregon. She has served as an Associate Professor of School Psychology at the University of South Florida, a faculty associate of the Florida Center for Reading Research, and consultant with the Eastern Regional Reading First Technical Assistance Center. She also has served on the editorial boards for School Psychology Review, Psychology in the Schools, School Psychology Forum, Journal of Evidence Based Practices for Schools, and Proven Practice in the Prevention and Remediation of School Problems.
Dr. Jacob Gray
@Acadience Learning Inc.
Jacob Gray got his Ph.D. in Social/Personality Psychology from the University of California, Riverside in 2018 with an emphasis in Quantitative Psychology. While his initial research focused on personality and romantic relationships, the quantitative aspect of his research applies to all areas of social science and education research. As the Senior Research Analyst, Dr. Gray uses statistics to ensure that Acadience Learning measures are reliable, valid, and used to make well-informed decisions. One of the best aspects of his job is applying advanced statistical methods (such as Item Response Theory) to real world problems that require quantitative solutions. His favorite statistic is the RMSEA fit statistic.