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Biden Education Department Approves One Request to Cancel State Tests But Rejects Others

Evie Blad, Andrew Ujifusa, EducationWeek |

The U.S. Department of Education granted its first broad waiver from testing requirements— to the District of Columbia for this school year, citing the large share of students learning remotely and concerns about safely administering exams.

In a series of response letters to states that had sought flexibility from the assessment requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act Tuesday, the agency rejected a request from New York state to cancel assessments. And it turned down proposals from Michigan and Montana to substitute local tests for state ones.

The Education Department also approved a request from Oregon to reduce the number of statewide tests it will give this year. Under the plan, the state will test students in 4th, 7th, 8th, and 11th grades in math; students in 3rd, 6th, 7th, and 11th grades in language arts; and students in 5th and 8th grades in science. The federal agency previously approved a similar plan for Colorado late last month.

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