Laura Jimenez, director of standards and accountability for K-12 Education Policy, offers these comments in response to the Department of Education’s proposed plan for collecting information about and evaluating the Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority (IADA) to create two reports. Jimenez states that the department’s current plan for what information to collect for these reports is inconsistent with what Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) mandates should be collected when creating these reports. Therefore, she recommends that the department revise its notice to include the information required by the law. Furthermore, Jimenez proposes the inclusion of some additional questions concerning changes in instructional practice and student learning to help make these reports useful tools in improving how to use assessments to better student achievement.
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