Policy Information

Although SCILLSS has deep roots in well-grounded conceptualizations of assessment design, validity evaluation, and education policy and practice, it is extremely timely given the context of the new reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), known as the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA). ESSA has changed the assessment landscape by shifting more discretion and responsibility for state assessment and accountability systems to the states themselves, giving states an opportunity to explore how to best articulate goals for students, and how to best measure progress towards these goals. While many assessment provisions remain unchanged under ESSA reauthorization, states and districts are now afforded new flexibilities to implement innovative approaches to assessment and accountability.

Federal Requirements for State Assessments


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