Federal

States Still Struggling With Title I Assessment Mandates

By Erik W. Robelen — September 06, 2000 2 min read

With an Oct. 1 deadline looming, many states have yet to submit their assessment systems for required reviews by the Department of Education and are still struggling with implementing the testing changes that a 1994 law mandates.

As of last week, only Wyoming had actually won formal approval from the federal agency. Six other states—Connecticut, Kansas, Kentucky, New Hampshire, Oregon, and Washington—had been granted approval that hinges on their meeting other conditions spelled out by the department, according to Mitzi Beach, a department official who is working on the assessment reviews. Many other states have submitted plans and are in an early stage of the review process.

The department created a set of rolling deadlines for states to submit their plans for review this year, when the requirement took effect, and the last 27 states are expected to do so by the department’s final deadline of Oct. 1.

Under the 1994 reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, all states are required to have statewide assessment systems in place this school year to determine whether schools and districts receiving federal Title I money are making adequate yearly progress toward educating all students to high standards. The systems must satisfy statutory requirements on technical quality, alignment with standards, and disaggregated reporting of results.

They also must meet a set of requirements for testing all students, including those with limited English proficiency. Observers say it will be hard for many states to pass muster on that point this school year.

“That seems to be a stumbling block,” said Wayne H. Martin, the director of the state education assessment center at the Council of Chief State School Officers. “A lot of states are struggling to figure out how they should handle this.”

‘Full Inclusion’

In a June memo, Assistant Secretary of Education Michael Cohen told state schools chiefs that it was becoming “increasingly clear” that few state policies meet the legal demands. “I recognize the challenges these requirements may present, but firmly believe that full inclusion is not beyond the capacity of state assessment and accountability systems,” he wrote.

Sharon Lewis, the research director for the Council of the Great City Schools, said she expects that many states will not win full approval by the deadline. “I think the numbers speak for themselves,” said Ms. Lewis, whose organization represents the nation’s largest urban school systems. “It’s not easy what they’ve been asked to do,” she added.

In the memo, Mr. Cohen warned that states could lose the administrative portion of their Title I aid if they fail to submit documentation of their assessment systems by Oct. 1. States can earn conditional approval if they meet nearly all of the Title I requirements and clearly demonstrate how they will meet the remaining ones by the time they administer tests this school year. Federal officials may also grant deadline waivers in certain circumstances or require a state to enter into a compliance agreement.

Related Tags:

Events

Jobs The EdWeek Top School Jobs Virtual Career Fair
Find teaching jobs and other jobs in K-12 education at the EdWeek Top School Jobs virtual career fair.
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Student Well-Being Webinar
Embracing Student Engagement: The Pathway to Post-Pandemic Learning
As schools emerge from remote learning, educators are understandably worried about content and skills that students would otherwise have learned under normal circumstances. This raises the very real possibility that children will face endless hours
Content provided by Newsela
Teaching Live Online Discussion How to Develop Powerful Project-Based Learning
How do you prepare students to be engaged, active, and empowered young adults? Creating a classroom atmosphere that encourages students to pursue critical inquiry and the many skills it requires demands artful planning on the

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Federal Republicans Want Federal Funding Cuts to Schools Using '1619 Project'—But There's a Twist
A bill from U.S. Sens. Tom Cotton, Mitch McConnell, and others targets schools using lessons based on the New York Times Magazine series.
4 min read
Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on voting rights on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 20, 2021.
Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on voting rights on Capitol Hill.
Evelyn Hockstein/AP
Federal What's at Stake in a Review of Federal Sex Discrimination Protections for Students
The Biden administration's review of Title IX may prompt new guidance on how schools deal with sexual harassment and protect LGBTQ students.
10 min read
Image of gender symbols drawn in chalk.
joxxxxjo/iStock/Getty
Federal Opinion Education Outlets Owe Readers More Than the Narratives They Want to Hear
It's vital that serious news organizations challenge runaway narratives and help readers avoid going down ideological rabbit holes.
4 min read
Image shows a multi-tailed arrow hitting the bullseye of a target.
DigitalVision Vectors/Getty
Federal As GOP Leaves K-12 Out of Its Infrastructure Plan, Advocates Look For Alternatives
The GOP is proposing $1 trillion in federal dollars for the nation's infrastructure, but school buildings aren't part of their proposal.
6 min read
A trash can and pink kiddie pool are used to collect water that leaks from the roof into the media center at Green County High School in Snow Hill, N.C..
A trash can and pink kiddie pool are used to collect water that leaks from the roof into the media center at Green County High School in Snow Hill, N.C.
Alex Boerner for Education Week