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Secretary DeVos to Waive ESSA Requirements

Last week, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced that schools closed due to the coronavirus pandemic “can bypass standardized testing for the 2019-2020 school year.” After receiving a “proper” request, the Department “will grant a waiver to any state that is unable to assess...

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How States are Evolving their Approaches to Testing Under ESSA

According to Chris Minnich, it’s time for state accountability assessments to evolve. Since passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act, Minnich notes, testing has increased steadily in K-12. However, due to the timing of most assessments, there is not enough time for parents and educators...

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Report Card on Iowa Schools Shows Improvement Over Last Year

A school report card released by the Iowa Department of Education shows schools statewide are improving compared to last year. The online tool was designed to meet the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act and also includes “components of a state report card that...

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Delaware School District Proposes Changing Statewide Testing System

While the federal “Every Student Succeeds Act requires testing in every grade between 3-8 and once in high school,” one school district in Delaware—the Brandywine School District—believes the state’s “Smarter Balanced test is not the correct assessment for students.” Brandywine School Board President Ralph Ackerman...

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