Standards and Assessment News | September 1


Idaho Contracts with Istation for K-3 Pilot Test

The Idaho DOE has contracted with Istation to provide a pilot of a formative assessment for grades K-3. The test will be a part of the Idaho Reading Initiative. Learn more


Missouri Discontinues Free ACT for Juniors

Missouri will stop offering the ACT free of charge for high school juniors. This decision comes one year after the program began, and is caused by the governor’s drastic cut in assessment funding. Students can still request a fee waiver from the ACT, and several districts will begin offering the ACT free to its students at the district’s own expense. Learn more


Nebraska Accepts Public Comment on Science Draft

Nebraska has released a final draft of their Science standards, and is holding public meeting to receive comments on the draft. The most recent draft removes the assumption that climate change is proven, and instead asks students to evaluate climate models. The standards would be implemented one year after their approval, and may be assessed in the 2020-2021 school year. The Board is expected to vote on the standards in September 2017. Read more ; More here ; More here too


Pennsylvania Cuts Elementary Testing Time

The Pennsylvania governor has announced that, beginning this spring, students in grades 3-8 will have fewer hours of testing, and teachers will have fewer hours of preparing for those tests. The Math PSSA will be cut by forty-eight minutes, the ELA portion will be reduced by forty-five minutes, and the Science portion will be reduced by twenty-two minutes. Read more


US DOE May Open Innovative Testing Pilot in 2018

Although the Innovative Assessment Pilot program was part of the ESSA passed in 2015, the US DOE has been largely silent about the program. A US DOE spokesman has now stated that the pilot may open in the 2018-2019 school year. However, the DOE is not required to offer the pilot program at all. Read more