Flexibility for Streamlining Tests cover image. Click on image to download report.The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) encourages states to rethink their assessment and accountability systems. Before the law goes into effect, states can utilize the flexibility offered under existing federal funds to streamline their assessment frameworks. This policy update highlights two states —Illinois and Tennessee—that have taken the initiative to evaluate and inventory their systems. It outlines ways other states can follow suit.