Innovative Assessments Beyond ESSA Pilot

Innovative Assessments Beyond ESSA Pilot

July 24, 2019

With only four states taking advantage of ESSA’s innovative assessment pilot, are innovative assessments “dead in the water” ask Bonnie O’Keefe and Brandon Lewis in The 74. Their answer? A definitive “no.” The four states taking part in the ESSA pilot—Louisiana, New Hampshire, Georgia, and North Carolina—are in fact “just one part of a larger group innovating behind the scenes, building innovative assessment systems that look beyond end-of-year reading and math tests and disrupting stereotypes about standardized tests.” O’Keefe and Lewis detail the findings of their new report, “The State of Assessment: A Look Forward on Innovation in State Testing Systems,” which highlights “a few promising paths that states can take to continue innovating and improving their tests, often without the need for special federal permission.”