States should consider administering the promotion assessment in the summer, sometime before the start of the next school year, using the standard procedure of administering the test at the school. This would allow states to obtain promotion assessment results in time to inform promotion and remediation decisions for the fall. This option most closely resembles how promotion decisions have been made up until now, and it would not require additional assessment development costs.
The downsides are that it rests on the assumption that stay-at-home restrictions will be lifted by summer, and even if they are, that participation among students will be high during the summer months. It is also important to consider that more students may be identified for remediation than in the past, given the expected learning losses due to the extended period of time away from traditional instruction and the cancellation of summer school pathways as an alternative learning option. On the plus side, administering the assessment in the summer, closer to when students return to school, provides a more accurate diagnosis of where students stand on their learning loss. With this more accurate information, schools and teachers can better plan for remediation.