WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today that Massachusetts is the first state to gain approval to take part in the innovative assessments pilot program for the 2020-2021 school year. Part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority (IADA) program is designed to encourage local involvement in the development of the next generation of student assessments.

“This important pilot program provides states the opportunity to rethink assessing student achievement in ways that are more relevant to what they are learning,” said Secretary DeVos. “I look forward to seeing this program’s impact on student achievement as more states, like Massachusetts, take the bold step to do things differently to better serve students.”

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