States Experiment with Assessment through Innovative Pilots
The Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority program, written into the Every Student Succeeds Act, gives up to seven state educational agencies the opportunity to launch innovative assessment pilots in their public schools, with the goal of eventual statewide implementation. As of August 2020, the U.S. Department of Education had approved five states’ applications.
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Five states received federal waivers for regular assessments so they could pilot assessment systems in select districts or schools over five years.
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Time to steer systems toward better balance and coherence.
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