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November 20, 2020

States Push to Ditch or Downplay Standardized Tests During Virus Surge

As states shift their policies on testing, questions mount about the role exams will play for schools and students going forward.

September 03, 2020

Betsy DeVos Tells States Not to Expect Waivers From Annual Tests

The tests required by federal law are crucial to helping schools respond to the coronavirus pandemic and help vulnerable students, the education secretary said in a letter to chief state school officers.

July 24, 2020

Top DeVos Deputy: Our 'Instinct' Is to Not Give States Testing Waivers Next Year

"Accountability aside, we need to know where students are so we can address their needs," Assistant Secretary of Education Jim Blew said during remarks at the Education Writers Association's National Seminar.

May 12, 2020

Betsy DeVos Announces Aid to Help Create 'Student-Centered' Funding Systems

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has made $3 million available to help districts create "weighted per-pupil funding" systems, part of an ESSA pilot available to districts for some time.

April 24, 2020

Massachusetts Gets Green Light to Pilot Innovative Science Assessment

Massachusetts is the fifth state to join the Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority created through the Every Student Succeeds Act, which allows states to experiment with new forms of testing.

April 23, 2020

Three Ways States Can Use ESSA to Address the Pandemic's Impact

States can leverage testing contracts and money they can set aside under the law to help students affected by the coronavirus, says an analyst at the Center on Reinventing Public Education.

March 24, 2020

How Does Current Law Limit Betsy DeVos' Power to Waive Education Mandates?

Several of the already existing restrictions on U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' authority to waive federal education law deal with school funding.

March 19, 2020

Senate Coronavirus Bill Would Give DeVos Sweeping Power to Waive Education Law

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act would give the education secretary the power to grant "national emergency educational waivers" from the Every Student Succeeds Act and other laws.

January 31, 2020

DeVos Grants Four States Option to Waive Some Federal Education Requirements

The Education Flexibility program allows participating states to waive certain federal education requirements so that school districts can try new approaches.

December 10, 2019

The Every Student Succeeds Act Is Working, Education Leaders Tell Congress

Exactly four years after the Every Student Succeeds Act became law, a group of state and local education officials, teachers' unions, and tell Congress they've made great progress under the federal K-12 law.

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