States must test student learning this spring, says Biden Administration

States must test student learning this spring, says Biden Administration
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The U.S. Department of Education says states must resume annual testing on students who were suspended a year ago because of the pandemic.

For the past two decades, federal law has required schools to test students once a year in math and reading, grades three through eight, and once in high school. And they have to publicly report these standardized test results, broken down by race, ethnicity, and disability status, and in some cases hold schools accountable with various penalties if their students fail.

In March 2020, when almost every school in the nation suddenly switched to distance learning, the department became waived these requirements.

But in a February 22 letter to the headmasters and …



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