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Closed Schools Could Get OK to Not Give State Tests Amid Coronavirus, Education Department Says

States might be able to scrap their required annual tests for closed schools, the federal education department said Thursday, as concerns about the coronavirus swept the country. 

Guidance released by the U.S. Department of Education says it will consider waiving requirements for state-wide tests, currently mandated in grades 3-8 and once in high school. State testing occurs throughout the spring, and some school closures were already running into planned testing windows.  

Those changes could have ripple effects, with rules that require states to identify their lowest performing schools also being put on pause.

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