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Spring Testing Canceled, Postponed, or Suspended Nationwide

Tens of thousands of schools across the country have closed in response to the spread of coronavirus, throwing state assessments into disarray. After initially considering “targeted” waivers of federal testing requirements, the Department of Education “shifted to a broader approach that will let most states...

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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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Special Ed Testing Waivers Worrying Advocates

Education Week’s Alyson Klein reports that Education Secretary DeVos “has allowed nearly half of states to get wiggle room” from an ESSA provision “aimed at making sure that only a small percentage of students are taking alternative tests reserved for children with the most significant...

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How Waiver Requests Could Affect ESSA Implementation

ESSA was “designed to let states determine for themselves how to hold schools accountable,” writes Jessica R. Towhey in the NH Journal, but it “may leave more children behind if states are allowed to skirt federal requirements through waivers.” Shifting responsibility for education from the...

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FL Submits ESSA Plan

After Florida submitted its ESSA plan, it “quickly became clear that the waivers the state Department of Education planned to seek were no longer there.” A “closer read of the final version, though, reveals that while the state did not request any formal waiver of...

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CA Receives Waiver from U.S. Dept. of Ed

EdSource reports that California received a waiver from the U.S. Dept. of Education from “administering outdated science tests, instead allowing it to give students pilot tests based on new science standards.” However, “the department granted the waiver only for the just completed school year,” and “made...

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