Dept. of Education Announces New Competitive Grant on Testing
August 5, 2016
The Dept. of Education announced a new competitive grant that is compatible with ESSA for states that want to “ditch fill-in-the-bubble tests” with modern, “competency-based tests.” The application period for the $8.6 million grant is open until Sept. 22; winners will be announced in January. Dept. of Education Secretary John B. King said there are “similarities” between the grants and the Every Student Succeeds Act. Education experts have said that “innovative assessment flexibility” likely won’t be available until well into 2017.