Reporting for Interim, Formative, and Diagnostic Assessments

Federal laws require states to document that students with disabilities, English learners, and English learners with disabilities participate in state and districtwide assessment systems. If there is public reporting of interim assessment data, data also need to be reported for students with disabilities. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that if a state or a district publicly reports assessment data for an assessment, then it must report to the public with the same frequency and in the same detail as it reports on the assessment of children without disabilities. This includes reporting on both participation and performance. Specific requirements on public reporting of interim assessment data for English learners does not exist, but it is considered best practice to report data for this subgroup when data for other subgroups are publicly reported.