Georgia Governor Brian Kemp To Seek Federal Testing Waiver for the 2020-21 Academic Year

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp To Seek Federal Testing Waiver for the 2020-21 Academic Year

June 18, 2020

Valerie Strauss of the Washington Post reports that Georgia will be the first state that will pursue a federal testing waiver for the 2020-21 academic year due to the coronavirus pandemic. This school year, Education Secretary Betsy Devos approved a one-year waiver that suspended “federally mandated testing for the 2019-20 year after schools around the country closed and learning was delivered remotely for several months.” The Every Student Succeeds Act requires states to test students in grades 3-8 “once a year in reading and math, as well as once in high school,” for accountability measures.