Friday’s statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said students impacted by pandemic-related school closures can bypass standardized testing this school year, “upon a proper request” from any state affected.
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“Students need to be focused on staying healthy and continuing to learn. Teachers need to be able to focus on remote learning and other adaptations,” DeVos said in a statement Friday. “Neither students nor teachers need to be focused on high-stakes tests during this difficult time.”
U.S. Department of Education officials said they “dramatically streamlined” the waiver application process to make it as simple as possible for state education leaders.
The federal announcement would also waive requirements for the annual state report card, which is largely based on state test results.
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“Since student performance, as measured by assessments, is required to be used in statewide accountability systems, any state that receives a one-year waiver may also receive a waiver from the requirement that this testing data be used in the statewide accountability system due to the national emergency,” the USDOE announcement said.