Iowa (Finally) Wins a Waiver

Education Week reports that the US Department of Education approved Iowa’s double testing waiver request on Friday.  For more details, see the DE website here.

Iowa schools participating in Smarter Balanced Assessment field tests this spring will not be required to also administer the Iowa Assessments. This decision obviously comes too late to be of use to Iowa districts using fall or midyear test dates for the Iowa Assessments.

The Education Week article is unclear on this point, but presumably Iowa’s determination waiver request was also granted, as Iowa schools choosing not to double test would have no test data to submit for AYP purposes.

I’ll update with a link to the Iowa DE website when they get information posted.