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Testing Was Canceled Last School Year; That Might Not Happen Again.

Should schools administer standardized tests next year?

Many state and local education officials from across the country are pushing for cancelling federally required testing for next school year. Most recently New York City council members made the case, writing, “Amidst the extreme conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic, conducting state tests cannot possibly be fair to students.”

One state, Georgia, has formally requested a waiver, and others have indicated they will as well.

But Jim Blew, an assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Education, said that such requests will receive a chilly reception.

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