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WASHINGTON li class = - students today Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos of the United States announced closures affected by the school because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) can bypass pandemic standardized tests for the 2019-2020 school year. To an appropriate request, the Department will grant a waiver of any state that can not Assess their students due to the ongoing national emergency, relief requirements federally mandated test for this school year.

DeVos Secretary commented: "Students should focus on staying healthy and keep learning teachers need to be able to focus on distance learning and other adaptations neither students nor teachers have to be focused on testing great importance at this difficult time ... students are simply too unlikely to be able to perform their best in this environment. Our actions today provide turnkey flexibility for state and local leaders to focus on the immediate needs of their students and educators without having to worry about federal implications.'ve talked to many local education leaders in recent days, and I am inspired by their efforts to help their students continue to learn and grow. we will continue to provide every possible flexibility help to make this as simple as possible. "

In response to the threat to public health posed by extraordinary COVID-19 Donald J. Trump President declared a national emergency. As a result, many states have closed some or all schools. Therefore a state unable to Assess their students can apply for an exemption from federal testing requirements by completing a form available at Under the guidance of the Secretary, the Department has considerably simplified the application process to make it as simple as possible for the leaders of the state who are struggling with many complex problems.

To protect the health and safety of students, a state it deems necessary to proceed with the cancellation of their statewide Assessments for the 2019-2020 school year. Since student achievement, according to the evaluations required for use in systems of accountability throughout the state, any state that receives a one-year exemption may also receive an exemption from the requirement that these data test can be used in the system of accountability throughout the state because of national emergency.

The Department will continue talking with state and local leaders to identify any additional flexibilities needed, and remains, in coordination with Congress on expanding the range of flexibilities available under the Law Department. the Department continues to update information for students, parents, educators and local leaders on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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