Department seeks assessment bids
The Iowa Department of Education will be soliciting bids for a new statewide assessment, the annual test that school children take to show progress and proficiency.
That’s in accordance with legislation passed during the 2017 legislative session that directed the Department to seek bids, called requests for proposals (RFP).
The Department will issue the request for proposal no later than July 1 for the statewide assessment, which will be administered in the 2018-19 school year. By law, the assessment must be aligned to Iowa’s core academic standards. The RFP will include assessments in English language arts, including reading and writing, mathematics and science. Assessments will be given in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 as well as one grade in high school, and science in grades 5, 8 and 10.
The assessment must be available in both paper-pencil and computer-based formats.
With each bid, the Department will consider the feasibility of implementing the assessment by school districts. In addition, other considerations are costs; alignment with Iowa’s academic standards; the ability of an assessment to measure student growth and proficiency; the ability of an assessment to meet the Every Student Succeeds Act requirements; time required to administer the assessment; and districts’ infrastructure and technology needs.