As required by ESEA, the Department reviews and approves certain state assessments through panels of peer reviews. This process has been instrumental in helping states improve the reliability of their assessment systems and the accessibility of these assessments for all students, including English Learners and students with disabilities. However, the agency suspended the process in December 2012 in order to update it to align with the new and more robust demands of what high-quality assessments should be. Now, as a step in that direction, the Department is asking the public — and, particularly, experts in assessments — to respond to questions related to the peer review of state assessments. All responses should be directed to ESEA.Assessment@ed.gov (subject: “Title I Peer Review”) by September 30, 2013.