Assessment Update and Discussion

I don’t have anything new, but State Board of Education members will be getting an assessment update and discussion at their May 14th meeting (from Tab L):

This is a continuation of the conversation on the State Board’s priority on assessment. Current events related to the Legislature’s deliberations will be presented. Opportunities for interaction around these topics will be provided throughout.

That’s not much to go on, but if the State Board is going to discuss moving ahead with adopting the Smarter Balanced assessments without any further legislative action, this would seem to be the agenda item during which they might have either that discussion or a discussion about legal authority to take action.

Given the technical glitches being experienced by some other states using statewide online assessments this spring and the potential expense for Iowa school districts still waiting on (low) supplemental state aid numbers for the next two school years, it would be nice to see some reporters cover this agenda item. If any reader attends this meeting, please share with the rest of us what you hear.