California educators are looking to postpone student assessment tests statewide this year.
The State Board of Education plans to seek a waiver from the US Department of Education and other federal agencies to suspend testing requirements in school districts closed due to coronavirus concerns, a spokesperson for the Coronavirus said on Tuesday. California Department of Education.
The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress test, due in May, assesses students’ progress and whether they are on track to be ready for college. Students take the test in grades 3 through 8 and again in high school.
Palo Alto Unified in northern California recently asked the state to suspend testing in response to coronavirus concerns.
But giving up such a test is usually not a quick process. Typically, this requires the approval of the individual school board, in a public hearing, followed by the approval of the State Board of Education in another public hearing. If approved by the State Council, the waiver request is then forwarded to the US Department of Education for final approval.
Meanwhile, the College Board, which administers university entrance exams, canceled a scheduled SAT test for May 2 as well as a make-up exam – previously set for March 28 – for a canceled test on March 14. . The June 6 SAT test has yet to be canceled, according to the College Board website.
“The College will offer students future opportunities for additional SAT tests as soon as possible in place of canceled administrations. We will be as flexible as possible to give students the best chance to show off their skills and stay on track with college, ”reads a declaration on the site of the site.
This story was updated on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 to reflect new information provided by the California Department of Education.