Four states say they will apply for the second round of the Every Student Succeeds Act’s Innovative Assessment pilot: Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, and South Carolina.
The U.S. Department of Education asked states to signal their interest by Oct. 17. Formal applications aren’t due until Dec. 17.
If these states do apply and are approved, they would join Louisiana and New Hampshire in trying out new kinds of tests in a handful of districts, with the goal of eventually taking them statewide.
The department can allow up to seven states or groups of states to participate in the pilot, which was one of the most talked-about pieces of ESSA. The program has no extra federal money attached.
A version of this article appeared in the October 24, 2018 edition of Education Week as Four More States Express Interest in ESSA Innovative Assessment Pilot