The Department of Education is required to issue a new bid process for the assessment that Iowa will use in public schools, and the State Board of Education will evaluate and make a decision on which test to implement. The new law approved this year requires a new assessment to be approved by the State Board of Education by July 1, 2018, which would be put in place for the 2018-19 school year.

A taskforce previously selected the “Smarter Balanced” assessment, but lawmakers grew concerned over the potential costs of the new assessment. Currently, Iowa use the “Iowa Test” developed by Iowa Testing Programs which costs the state less than “Smarter Balanced.”