Before board members can find the right answers, they have to know the right questions.
Over the next 18 months, states will be making major decisions about their state assessment system. Between now and the start of the 2017–18 school year, when the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) takes full effect, members of state boards of education (SBEs) will make many of these calls. Before making those decisions, state board members need to engage in discussions and ask many questions about what their state’s assessment system, including summative tests, should look like.
First published in Policy Update National Association of State Boards of Education Vol. 23, No. 11 on April 2016