Education Groups Call for Key Changes to Innovative Assessment Program in Comments to DoE

Education Groups Call for Key Changes to Innovative Assessment Program in Comments to DoE

March 6, 2020

As reported in EdWeek Market Brief, the Department of Education received a wide range of feedback on a proposal that would expand access to a grant program that helps more states develop and implement their own innovative assessment programs, established by ESSA as “a way for states, or groups of them, to experiment with new forms of testing.” In their public comments to the agency, education policy groups, K-12 companies, and other education advocates called for longer, more flexible timelines for states to plan and implement grants; prioritization of grants “based on the state’s commitment to accessibility and equity”; and separate assessments to inform instruction and educator accountability, among other issues.