Innovative Assessment Project

Pursuant to Section 1204 of the ESSA, states may apply to the Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority ("IADA") to develop innovative assessments that possess technical qualities that match those of standardized instruments now used to evaluate students for college and career readiness.

Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in the Hawai‘i Innovative Assessment Pilot Program! The application period remains open until participation capacity is reached. Interested teachers and schools can apply through the link below.

Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority pilot application

Benefits of ParticipationHICAP Flyer

  • Empowerment of teachers: Teachers have a voice in designing and assigning grades to the assessments that support their work and inform their instruction.
  • Opportunity for school-level collaboration: Teacher participants are expected to attend a full-day, in-person overview training in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. Principals and other school-level leaders of the teacher participants will also be invited to attend the training to encourage collaboration among school-level staff in designing classroom-based assessments.
  • Flexible options for Professional Development opportunities: Professional development opportunities in the form of in-person training sessions, webinars, and online training modules will be available in assessment literacy; multiple training sessions to develop, administer, analyze, and evaluate classroom-based assessments; test development process; understanding and alignment of grading practices to the principles of standards-based grading and reporting; universal design principles for accessibility and support; resources for personalized learning in ELA and mathematics, etc. 
  • Financial support for Professional Development: Stipends, travel costs, and funds to hire substitute teachers, if needed, will be covered for teacher participants.
  • Computers for classrooms (for first pilot year only): HIDOE will ensure that each participating teacher and respective group of students have computers and internet connection. Teachers will be expected to enter standards-based grades for the classroom-based assessments into the WBP during the school year and administer the shortened summative CAT at the end of the school year.
  • Support assessments used for Student Success Plans (SSPs): Teachers may use the classroom-based assessments for their Student Success Plans (SSP) to fulfill the classroom-based assessment component of the innovative assessment pilot. The SSPs approved for the innovative assessment program is not approval for the Educator Effectiveness System (EES). To meet professional obligations under the EES, teachers are required to obtain approval following the procedures described in the 2019-20 EES Manual.
  • Core Professionalism for EES: Professional development (PD) training sessions for the innovative assessment pilot could be used as evidence of core professionalism for EES evaluations that are required of all classroom teachers. The training will be entered into PDE3 as a record of attendance. Please note that this PD opportunity is a non-credit course and does not qualify for salary advancement.
  • Less standardized summative testing: Subject to approval by the U.S. DOE, student participants in the innovative assessment pilot will be exempt from the statewide summative Smarter Balanced Assessment in the same content area (i.e., no double testing in the same subject). 

Status of Hawaii's Innovative Assessment Project

Spring 2018

  • Presentation to HIDOE leadership team, HSTA

Fall 2018

  • Letter of Intent to submit application by December 17, 2018
  • Application not submitted

Spring 2019

  • Initial planning to take next steps towards Innovative Assessments
  • Memo sent out to invite applicants to serve on the Innovative Assessments Stakeholder Committee

Summer 2019

  • Convened three Stakeholder Committee meetings
  • Consideration of Stakeholder recommendations to strategize next steps

Fall 2019

  • Submitted Letter of Intent for the IADA Pilot to U.S. Department of Education
  • Continued to share information and engage HIDOE leadership
  • IADA application period open
  • Teachers invited to participate in the Innovative Assessment Pilot Program (memo)

Spring 2020

  • Submitted the IADA Pilot application to U.S. Department of Education
  • Innovative assessment pilot preparation; schools continue with instructional practices (e.g. Project-Based Learning); training to be provided for teachers in the pilot

Additional Information on IADA

Innovative Assessment Stakeholder Committee

In May 2019, the Hawai'i Department of Education (HIDOE) announced the opportunity for community groups to collaborate on the design of Hawai'i's innovative assessment system. A broad spectrum of stakeholders (or their representatives) from the Hawai'i State Legislature, Hawai'i State Teachers Association, Hawai'i State Public Charter School Commission, Kamehameha Schools, Hawai'iKidsCAN, Hawai'i Association of School Psychologists, parents, and HIDOE were selected to serve on the Innovative Assessment Stakeholder Committee. 

HIDOE stakeholders representing eight Complex Areas, including administrators, curriculum specialists, Hawaiian language/culture specialist, and teachers from multiple disciplines (English Language Arts (ELA), math, science, social studies, and STEM), participated in the Stakeholder meetings. 

WestEd facilitated the Stakeholder meetings that were held on June 18, July 2, and July 16, 2019 on O'ahu. The learning objectives and outcomes for each Stakeholder Committee meeting are provided in the table below. 

The ideas, recommendations, and reflections from the Stakeholder meetings, which are summarized in the The HIDOE Innovative Assessment Planning Project Summary Report, will serve as guiding principles for developing the HIDOE's Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority (IADA) pilot application

Contact Information

Karen Tohinaka

Phone: 808-307-3636



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