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Notice for public comment regarding ESSA Waiver of Assessment and Accountability Requirements

Monday, March 30, 2020

Due to the extraordinary circumstances created by COVID-19 and resulting school closures, the U.S. Department of Education notified states of an optional waiver for the 2019-2020 school year, of the assessment requirements in section 1111(b)(2) of the ESEA, the accountability and school identification requirements in sections 1111(c)(4) and 1111(d)(2)(C)-(D), and certain reporting requirements related to assessments and accountability in section 1111(h). Iowa submitted this waiver to the U.S. Department of Education on March 30th, and has received approval on March 30th. This allows Iowa to waive the following:

  1. The requirement to assess students in mathematics and reading/language arts (grades 3 through 8, and not less than one time in grades 9 through 12), and science (at least one time in grades 3 through 5, 6 through 9 and 10 through 12) for the 2019-2020 year. This includes assessments for all students, including students with significant cognitive disabilities and English Learners.
  2. Designations for schools in need of Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) are based on 2019-2020 data.
  3. The reporting requirement for specific measures of the ESSA Accountability Index that are provided to the public via the Iowa School Performance Profile, including the Iowa state assessment in mathematics or reading/language arts, including the percent of students assessed/not assessed, English Learner proficiency, the Conditions for Learning Survey, Post-Secondary Readiness Index, and any progress toward long-term goals/interim progress

Iowa also must continue to provide support to schools already designated in need of Comprehensive or Targeted Support and Improvement in the 2020-2021 year, as approved in Iowa’s ESSA plan.

The Iowa Department of Education is providing all LEAs in the State with a notice and an opportunity to comment on this request. Comments are due via email to by April 30. 

Questions about this request may be directed to Thank you for your consideration.

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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on November 24, 2020 at 3:57am.