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In Standoff With California Over Testing, U.S. Education Department Blinks

The U.S. Department of Education is allowing California to bypass federal requirements by giving standardized tests in math and reading to millions of public school students this spring without publicly reporting results or using them to hold schools or teachers accountable.

The reprieve, good for only the testing season that begins in the state on March 18, ends a months-long standoff between California and the department over the state’s testing plans.