The Iowa Department of Education’s work to transition the state’s schools to the Smarter Balanced Assessments has been temporarily put on hold. The Iowa Legislature this season plans to re-examine the issue of state assessments.
During the current school year, students will continue to take the existing state test. Work will resume on the state test issue once the Legislature gives the Department direction on which way to proceed. At that point, the Department will let school districts know what is coming up by way of state tests, as well as any new timelines associated with them.
Iowa is on track to put in place a new state assessment in the 2017-18 school year that reflects our statewide standards in math and English language arts, provides better information about student academic growth, and fits with a broader goal of preparing all students for success.
In 2016-17, students will take the current state test while the Iowa Department of Education prepares schools for the transition to the Smarter Balanced Assessments.