Biden administration won’t let states cancel standardized testing but will allow delays
The Biden administration announced Monday that state education departments would have flexibility surrounding standardized testing this year, but would not have broad authority to cancel those examinations.
The highly-anticipated policy decision is a reversal from the Trump administration, which widely allowed districts to cancel standardized testing last year as the pandemic prompted widespread shifts to remote learning.
This year, the Department of Education will “not invit[e] blanket waivers of assessments,” Ian Rosenblum, the acting assistant education secretary, said in a three-page letter sent to state education heads. Instead, the department will offer modifications and alternatives to annual standardized tests, including pushing the exams until the summer or fall,…