Massachusetts Receives Federal Approval to Develop Innovative Science Assessment

Massachusetts Receives Federal Approval to Develop Innovative Science Assessment

April 24, 2020

Last week, the U.S. Department of Education gave Massachusetts the green light to “pilot a new kind of science test for fifth and eighth-grade students” as part of a federal innovative assessment program for the 2020-2021 school year. This approval will give the state the flexibility to try out “a new way of testing students’ knowledge that combines a modified version of the existing state assessment with ‘technology enhanced performance tasks’ that are aligned with state standards and use students’ responses to activities as a way of measuring comprehension.” The program is part of the Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority under the Every Student Succeeds Act.