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New Jersey Amends Graduation Rules, Causing Spike in Grad Rate

Changes to New Jersey’s graduation requirements have resulted in an almost five percent increase in the preliminary graduation rate for schools in Newark. State officials scrapped a rule requiring high school graduates to pass state standardized tests after state tests were cancelled in the spring...

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South Carolina DOE Survey Gathers Public Feedback on Assessment Waiver

After having announced their intent to request a second waiver of federally-required standardized assessments, the South Carolina Department of Education has created a survey to collect public feedback on the move. Though required by ESSA, State Superintendent Molly Spearman said “it is critical that students,...

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Virginia’s School Ratings Waived for Second Year

Following the cancellation of state testing for the 2019-20 school year due to the spread of COVID-19, Virginia will waive its accreditation ratings for schools for the second year in a row. Data from the Virginia Standards of Learning tests, annually required by ESSA, typically...

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Ohio School Districts Rework Graduation Ceremonies to Accommodate COVID-19 Era

After recently receiving a one-year waiver from ESSA’s testing and accountability requirements, Ohio legislators “subsequently passed emergency legislation canceling the spring administration of Ohio’s state tests and waiving report card requirements other than reporting of some limited, available data.” Shortly thereafter, Governor Mike DeWine “announced...

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