The Education Department on Monday announced that standardized testing must occur this year, though it will allow states to delay testing or apply for certain exemptions.
In a letter to chief state education officers, Acting Assistant Education Secretary Ian Rosenblum wrote that testing is essential to measure the effects the pandemic has had on students’ progress.
“President Biden’s first priority is to safely re-open schools and get students back in classrooms, learning face-to-face from teachers with their fellow students,” Rosenblum wrote. “To be successful once schools have re-opened, we need to understand the impact COVID-19 has had on learning and identify what resources and supports students need.”
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