There is a need to rethink the purpose and role of assessment in education systems. ESSA presents states with a historic opportunity to redesign K-12 education around new definitions of student success. One of these opportunities is the Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority, allowing states to pilot new assessment systems. Congress can amend the Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority to remove barriers under ESSA section 1204 for states to participate and implement new systems of assessments.
- Congress can lift the cap on the number of states that could apply to participate in the IADA.
- Congress can include language that allows states planning time prior to starting implementation and to scale up.
- Congress can make funding available for states to develop and improve on innovative systems of assessments.
- Education leaders can use the flexibility under ESSA to redesign assessments to consider what is needed to make assessment more meaningful and integrally linked to student learning.
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