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.

HIDOE Educators: Are you interested in learning how to design performance assessments to use in your classroom? If you are a Grade 4, 6, or 8 ELA teacher or a Grade 4 or 7 Mathematics or High School Algebra teacher, please join us and be a part of the Performance Assessment Development Initiative. Learn how to develop high-quality, curriculum-embedded and authentic performance assessments for classroom use. 

Benefits of Participation

  • Empowerment of teachers: Teachers have a voice in designing performance assessments that support their work and can be used to inform their instruction.
  • Opportunity for teacher collaboration: Teacher participants are expected to attend two virtual trainings and one in-person training in Honolulu, Hawai’i.
  • Flexible options for Professional Development opportunities: Professional development opportunities in the form of virtual and in-person training sessions will be available in assessment literacy, developing, administering, analyzing, and evaluating performance assessments, universal design principles for accessibility and support and 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.
  • Core Professionalism for EES: Professional development (PD) training sessions for the Performance Assessment Development Initiative could be used as evidence of core professionalism for EES evaluations that are required of all classroom teachers. 

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 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
  • Application for the U.S. Department of Education’s Competitive Grant for State Assessments submitted
Summer 2020
  • U.S. Department of Education informed HIDOE that its IADA application was not approved
  • Innovative assessment pilot placed on indefinite hold
Fall 2020
  • U.S. Department of Education awarded HIDOE a $500,000 Competitive Grant for State Assessments to develop an innovative assessment model and submit a new IADA application
  • An Innovative Assessment Design Team was established and met on three occasions to review innovative assessment designs and to prioritize models the meet the needs of HIDOE
  • Teacher focus groups convened to discuss prioritized innovative assessment models
Winter 2021
  • HIDOE Leadership informed of Design Team’s prioritized innovative assessment models
Spring 2021

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 HIDOE Innovative Assessment Planning Project Summary Report, will serve as guiding principles for developing the HIDOE's Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority (IADA) pilot application

Innovative Assessment Design Team

In November and December of 2020, the Innovative Assessment Design Team met to discuss various innovative assessment models to prioritize the designs that would best meet the needs of HIDOE as described by the Stakeholder Committee.



Contact Information

Assessment Section

Phone: 808-307-3636

Email: hsa@k12.hi.us

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