The National Assessment Governing Board, which sets policy for The Nation’s Report Card released an updated schedule for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on July 24, 2019. The revised schedule retains the focus on its flagship national assessments of Reading and Mathematics as mandated by Congress, and eliminated the assessments for Arts, Economics, Geography and Foreign Language.
This report identifies states that are making public reforms around innovation in assessment, including states applying to federal innovative assessment pilot programs. The report also explores several assessment improvement opportunities for states and highlighting promising work already underway on interim assessments for accountability, formative assessments to support instruction, shared item banks and new collaborations among states, and social studies and science assessments.
The New Jersey Department of Education has agreed to allow alternative high school graduation requirements—students can demonstrate proficiency in English Language Arts/Literacy and Math either by achieving a passing score on the PARCC tests, other standardized tests, SAT or ACT. Students also have an option to submit a portfolio appeal to the Department of Education.
California state education officials have released a new mobile app that allows users to peruse instructional standards for the arts, computer science, health education, mathematics, and history and social science. The California Standards app enables smartphone and tablet users to search, filter and sort standards to isolate specific content, identify standards common across disciplines, and inform decisions around instruction and assessment.
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has denied Arizona’s request for a waiver to that law to allow the state to implement its “menu of assessments." ED will withhold upwards of $300 million of Arizona’s school funding if Arizona continues to allow schools to choose their own standardized tests for students.