Field Test Flexibility Waiver

The Iowa Department of Education website has been curiously silent about the approval of Iowa’s field test flexibility waiver.

The Iowa Flexibility Waiver Determination Letter from the US Department of Education is available here.

The waiver request was not approved in its entirety.

It seems that Iowa’s waiver request was complicated by state law requiring that all schools administer the Iowa Assessments at grades 4, 8, and 11, so the double-testing waiver only applies to students in grades 3, 5, 6, and 7. Parents will not receive reports on student performance on field tests.

The waiver is approved on the condition that the DE will implement eight assurances, including ensuring notification of parents whose children attend schools that will be participating in the field tests and that “pending action by the Iowa legislature,” the DE will administer the new assessments to all students in the grades required to be tested during the 2014-15 school year.

The waiver request apparently included a list of Iowa schools choosing to participate in the field test, but I cannot find that list online.