U.S. Department of Education signals waivers will be available for cancelling standardized testing

The U.S. Department of Education today announced what was already known–that state’s could seek waivers from federal requirements for testing. (Texas cancelled all STAAR testing this week by order of the governor.) However, a statement today fromĀ  U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos with “broad flexibilities for states to cancel testing” in the headline offered a clear indication that waivers would be granted.

“To protect students’ health and safety, a state that deems it necessary should proceed with cancelling its statewide assessments for the 2019-2020 school year,” DeVos wrote. “Since student performance, as measured by assessments, is required to be used in statewide accountability systems, any state that receives a one-year waiver may also receive a waiver from the requirement that this testing data be used in the statewide accountability system due to the national emergency.”