Indiana Council for Exceptional Children Statement on ESSA

September 14, 2016

On behalf of the members of the Indiana Council for Exceptional Children, we would like to address the Every Student Succeeds Act call for state-designed accountability system.  Past constraints have fueled a focus on state standardized tests targeting the mass middle average rather than designing for those in the margins. With ESSA’s new direction, the door has been opened to design a state assessment system that meets the needs of all students. At no time in history have we had more data and research to support the need to abandon not only the one-size-fits-all approach in education but the average-size-fits-all models based on standardization. The models of state standardized testing have focused their design and resources on the “average” consequently targeting the masses of students falling into the middle and non-existent average. We suggest that with student variability being the norm, average being illusionary, and disability being contextual, that moving forward our position be focusing on designing assessments for those in the margins. We understand from Universal Design for Learning in education and Universal Design in architecture that what works for those in the margins works for everyone! We further believe this mind shift from masses and averages to margins and individuality will position assessments to authentically measure the outcome and not the means, inform instructional needs, and place the focus on progress in place of performance.


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