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States Are Begging the Federal Government to Cancel Spring Testing. What Happens If They Get Their Wish?

In the midst of the fast-spreading coronavirus pandemic, it has become clear that 2020 will not see a typical round of assessments. Nineteen states, including California, Florida and New York, have either canceled this year’s testing or are asking for federal approval to do so, according to a tracker published by Education Week. Most are seeking a waiver from the Department of Education to abstain from administering tests, a requirement under federal education law; while those waivers are typically granted on a state-by-state basis, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is reportedly considering a blanket, one-year waiver, under significant pressure from state authorities.

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