Javurek: ESSA’s Innovative Assessment Program Right in Principle, Lacking in Implementation

Javurek: ESSA’s Innovative Assessment Program Right in Principle, Lacking in Implementation

April 6, 2021

Abby Javurek, a vice president at prominent national nonprofit assessment provider NWEA, takes a look at ESSA’s Innovative Assessment provisions in a new piece in the 74 Million. She argues that the pilot program was on the right path in principle but was not implemented in the most effective manner. Javurek’s subsequent recommendations for the Education Department to reinvigorate the assessment pilot program are to ensure adequate funding for state innovation, to expand the “standard of comparability,” to clarify guardrails for equity, and to “give it time.”