The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides flexibility for states to redesign systems of assessments to better align with student-centered learning. The U.S. Department of Education has released an official notice inviting states to apply for a new program in ESSA: the Innovative Accountability and Assessment Demonstration Authority. This “Innovative Assessment Pilot” allows states to develop next generation systems of assessments in collaboration with a subset of its districts prior to scaling statewide. States have until April 2, 2018 to submit an application to the pilot to the Department of Education. The Department has asked states to submit an optional, non-binding notice of intent to apply by February 2, 2018. The Department has also invited states who are considering applying for the Pilot in the to notify the Department if they wish to receive technical assistance with the application process.
This archived webinar provides an overview of the Pilot’s requirements and application process. Staff from state educational agencies, state policymakers and districts engaged in developing innovative systems of assessments are encouraged to attend.
Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the pilot program, hear from an assessment expert on considerations for designing new systems of assessment to ensure student success, and learn how states can collaborate on new models, with or without the demonstration authority.
We have invited and confirmed the attendance of staff from the U.S. Department of Education to be on hand to answer questions about the program regulations and the Notice Inviting Applications. Come prepared with questions, or submit them in advance to @nacol on Twitter.