Interim assessments have a strong role in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA recognizes the importance of balanced assessment systems, the need for interim measures to monitor the progress of low performing schools, and the value of testing audits to improve system efficiency and effectiveness. ESSA also offers states the flexibility to “use a series of statewide interim assessments during the course of the academic year that result in a single summative assessment score” in place of a single annual test.
This collection reviews the literature on interim assessments for states, districts, and schools interested in using interim assessments to gauge student achievement of standards. (To read a written brief built on this collection, click here.)