Part 1: Challenges
Center Staff: Drs. Carla Evans & Scott Marion
The Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority under the Every Student Succeeds Act was purportedly created to provide space for states to design and implement “competency-based or other innovative assessment approaches for use in making accountability determinations” (ESSA Sec. 1204). Assessment design—innovative or not—is always a case of optimization under constraints. In this session, Scott Marion and Carla Evans, both of whom have been deeply involved in various IADA initiatives since the program was initiated, will examine the challenges and opportunities of trying to innovate state assessment systems under the federal assessment and accountability requirements (constraints). In doing so they will draw on current state examples illustrate various approaches to the design process and offer their insights regarding the potential for innovation.
Part 2: Opportunities
The Outlook for Innovation: Opportunities and Challenges on the Road Ahead
Center Staff: Dr. Chris Domaleski
What have we learned from prominent attempts to promote innovation in assessment and accountability in recent decades and how can we leverage this information to navigate the road ahead? Chris Domaleski will close the 2021 RILS session by reflecting on potential areas of innovation in the near future and providing insights on how the field can be better poised to take advantage of the opportunities ahead. In particular, Chris will discuss the complex relationship between assessment and accountability and emphasize the importance of addressing both to promote progress.