States Must Test Student Learning This Spring, Biden Administration Says

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The U.S. Education Department says states must resume the annual testing of students that was suspended a year ago amid the pandemic. For the past two decades, federal law has required schools to test students once each year in math and reading, in grades three through eight and once in high school. And they are required to publicly report these standardized test results, broken out by racial and ethnic group and disability status, and in some cases, hold schools accountable with various sanctions if their students score too low. In March of 2020, with nearly every school in the nation suddenly pivoting to remote learning, the Department waived these requirements . But in a Feb. 22 letter to state schools chiefs and governors, the Department wrote...

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States Must Test Student Learning This Spring, Biden Administration Says

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