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Schools will still have to administer federal standardized testing this year, according to the new Biden administration, but the regulations will be more lenient than in years past.
On Monday, Biden’s team announced that schools won’t receive a waiver for the required testing, but states have the flexibility to create shorter exams, offer remote options and extend the testing window.
“State assessment and accountability systems play an important role in advancing educational equity,” Acting Assistant Education Secretary Ian Rosenblum wrote in a letter to state education leaders. “At the same time, it is clear that the pandemic requires significant flexibility for the 2020-2021 school year so that states can respond to the unique circumstances they are facing, keep students, staff, and their families safe and maintain their immediate focus on supporting students’ social, emotional and academic development.”