ESSA Assessment Committee votes to allow school districts to replace MCAs with ACT or SAT

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Assessment Committee met Thursday, October 13th at the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) office in Roseville, recommending that school districts could replace the high school MCAs with the ACT or SAT, but split on whether to try the Innovative Assessment Authority.

The first question posed to the Assessment Group was should Minnesota participate in the Innovative Assessment Authority as allowed under ESSA?  The group was evenly split.  Those in favor suggested some of our districts want the flexibility to innovate to better meet the needs of students while still constructing an accountability plan.  Those opposed are experiencing “pilot project fatigue” especially when there is no funding attached.

The second question for the work group addressed locally selected nationally recognized high school assessments.  The participants were strongly in favor (not one visible vote in opposition) of allowing school districts to replace the high school MCA’s with the ACT or SAT.

The next ESSA Assessment Committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 3rd.

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