The Assessment Task Force

The Assessment Task Force, tasked with reviewing and making recommendations for a statewide assessment of student progress, begins its work next Tuesday at 10 am.

Director Buck announced the names of the eighteen members of the task force today.

During the 2012 legislative session, the Legislature mandated the Iowa Assessments for state and federal accountability purposes.  During the 2013 legislative session, the Legislature opened the door for a successor assessment administered by Iowa Testing Programs to be allowed for accountability purposes.

The State Board of Education was directed to create administrative rules that specify for implementation by the 2016-17 school year a new statewide assessment of student progress in grades 3-11.  That new assessment must meet the following criteria:

  • Align with the Iowa Core

  • Accurately describe student achievement and growth for the purposes of accountability

  • Provide valid, reliable, and fair measures of student progress toward college or career readiness

  • Must have been piloted in Iowa schools

Currently, assessments are only required for grades four, eight, and eleven.

The task force will be meeting in Room B100 of the Grimes State Office Building. Meetings are open to the public and agendas and notes (minutes?) will be made available on the Assessment Task Force page of the DE website.

Recommendations are due by January 1, 2015, although the current meeting schedule indicates the task force work may be completed as early as August or September 2014.