Georgia DOE Tweaks Assessment Strategy for 2020-21 After Denied Waiver Request

Georgia DOE Tweaks Assessment Strategy for 2020-21 After Denied Waiver Request

September 24, 2020

In response to the decision by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to not grant additional testing waivers to states for the 2020-21 school year, Georgia State Superintendent Richard Woods announced how the state will rethink their approach to administering assessments in the winter and spring. Citing a need to reduce the “pressure of high-stakes tests,” the department outlined a number of actions districts and schools will take this year, including lowering the weight of summative tests in final grades, waiving promotion and retention decisions based on test scores, and providing “flexible” methods of administration.