Establishing a Timeline and Budget for Design and Implementation of an Innovative Assessment and Accountability System

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Topics: Education Policy, ESSA

This brief assists states in thinking through the opportunities and challenges associated with flexibility provided under the ESSA.A state considering an application under the Every Student Succeeds Act’s (ESSA) Section 1204, the Innovative Assessment and Accountability Demonstration Authority, must develop a timeline and budget that indicates the state’s ability to implement its innovative assessment system statewide by the end of its Demonstration Authority period. The law permits a state to propose its own timeline of up to five years but also provides a state with several opportunities to seek approval for additional time if the state continues to make progress but is not yet ready to scale its system statewide.