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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.

October 22, 2020

Biden Campaign Won't Commit to State Testing Waivers During COVID-19 Crisis

An adviser for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was noncommittal on whether his administration would waive standardized testing during the pandemic.

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.

April 02, 2020

It's Official: All States Have Been Excused From Statewide Testing This Year

Within three weeks, a pandemic has completely changed the national landscape on testing. The U.S. Department of Education has now excused all 50 states and the District of Columbia from the requirement that they test all their students in math and English/language arts.

March 21, 2020

DeVos Expected to Address State Testing at White House Briefing on Coronavirus

The education secretary is expected to speak at a White House coronavirus press briefing Sunday or Monday to discuss the cancellation of standardized testing for this school year.

October 12, 2016

N.Y. Congressional Race Highlights Testing, Charters, Common Core

Zephyr Teachout, the Democratic candidate in New York's 19th district, opposes high-stakes testing and the common core, while GOP candidate John Faso is a big charter school fan.

August 11, 2016

Survey: Opt-Out Movement Prioritizes Ending Test-Based Teacher Evaluations

Those involved in the opt-out movement said they were strongly motivated by opposition to test-based teacher evaluations and the private sector's influence in schools, the survey reported.


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