Massachusetts Becomes First State to Qualify to Test New and Innovative Ways to Assess Student Achievement Next School Year

Massachusetts becomes the first state to qualify to try new and innovative ways to assess student achievement of the next school year April 24, 2020 Contact: Press Office, (202) 401-1576, press @ ed.gov
  • WASHINGTON - secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today that Massachusetts is the first state to gain approval to participate in the innovative program of pilot assessments for the 2020-2021 school year. Part of the Every student succeeds Act (ESSA), the innovative assessment program demonstration Authority (IADA) is designed to encourage local participation in the development of the next generation of evaluation instruments.

    "This important pilot program offers provides the opportunity to reconsider the evaluation of student achievement in ways that are more relevant to what they are learning," said Secretary of DeVos. "I'm anxious to see the impact of this program on student achievement as more states, like Massachusetts, take the courageous decision to do things differently to better serve students."

    As part of the program, states can pilot new assessments innovative small-scale, students in double test should be avoided tests and pilot statewide, and develop strategies for implementing this type of innovative statewide assessments through time.

    The aim of the new evaluation of innovative science of Massachusetts is building a new form of assessment incorporating performance tasks powered by technology that are more attractive to students and the focus signal of the state of deep learning in the classroom. Under the IADA, the state will develop new science assessments for grades 5 and 8, which combines a simplified version of the current state science assessment tasks with interactive science performance, attractive and authentic.

    To participate in the pilot program, states must apply and demonstrate how its innovative assessments are developed in collaboration with local stakeholders, aligned with academic standards demanding state and accessible to all students through the using the principles of universal design for learning, among other requirements.

    Massachusetts joins four other states that were already granted IADA flexibility: Georgia and Carolina of the North in 2019, and Louisiana and New Hampshire in 2018 view

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