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Despite COVID-19, standardized testing may force English learners back to school campuses

Alia Wong, USA TODAY |

A coalition of groups including the National Association for Bilingual Education and Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law recently wrote a letter to President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team, saying the tests for English learners should be postponed or made optional.

“While measuring EL students’ proficiency of English remains important, EL students and their families should not be forced into schools and expose themselves to unnecessary risks during these unprecedented times,” the letter states.   

“To all of a sudden tell the hundreds of thousands of kids across the country that have been in remote learning that they’ll have to (come) into school is especially concerning” given the pandemic is at levels that far exceed those last spring, when the U.S. Department of Education waived testing requirements, said David Hinojosa, the director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law’s Educational Opportunities project.  

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