Teachers, parents, policymakers, and advocates all need a complete and consistent picture of how students have fared academically during the COVID-19 pandemic. Annual statewide assessments are critical to providing actionable data on student learning to them to inform instruction, plan for recovery, and strategically allocate constrained budgets and new federal relief funds.
With a commitment from President Joe Biden’s administration to maintain the federal commitment to annual assessments this year, states will likely begin taking increasing action on this issue. Already, states such as Utah, Tennessee, Arkansas, Texas and Arizona have vocalized their intent to move forward with administering assessments this spring. Other states have said they will seek flexibility in administering the assessments that were offered in recent guidance by the Education Department.
As conversations continue in states around assessments, we will be updating each state page and state info pop-up with the status of the state’s annual standardized assessment.