Today in The 74, Brandon Lewis and I summarize key findings from our recent report, “The State of Assessment: A Look Forward on Innovation in State Testing Systems,” in light of news about two new innovative assessment demonstration projects:
Last week, the U.S. Department of Education approved proposals from Georgia and North Carolina to pilot innovative models of student testing. When the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) authorized its special program for innovative assessments, many states expressed excitement and interest. But more than a year and a half after the Department of Education started accepting applications, Georgia and North Carolina are only the third and fourth states to take advantage of the program. Does that mean that innovative assessments are dead in the water?
No. Exactly the opposite.