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The U.S. Department of Education said on Monday that states will need to conduct annual standardized achievement tests for students in 2021, but they can modify or delay the test.
Acting Assistant Secretary of Education Ian Rosenblum (Ian Rosenblum) wrote in a letter to state education leaders that the Biden administration will not consider “abandoning the evaluation entirely” this year.
According to federal law, states must take annual exams in key subjects including reading and mathematics for students in the third to eighth grade (once in high school). The results of these exams can be used to judge the school, sometimes can be used to judge the performance of teachers, can also trigger improvement work.
Former Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos dropped the administrative requirements for state exams in the spring of 2020, when most American schools were closed due to COVID-19.
The Biden government’s new guidelines came before Miguel Cardona, the nominee for its Minister of Education, was confirmed. At the confirmation hearing in early February, Cardona did not disclose whether the federally required exam should be exempted again this year. He said that it is important to assess the progress of students, but schools may not bring students back just for the test.
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The new guidelines say that states can decide whether to shorten the annual exam, manage it remotely, or extend the exam to summer or fall. In addition, the school is not responsible for student performance.
Rosenblum wrote: “Of course, we don’t believe that if there are places where they cannot be brought into school buildings because of the pandemic, they cannot go to school safely in person just for exams.”
The issue of standardized testing has caused divisions in the education community, and this policy decision is no exception.
Randy Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, the nation’s largest teacher union, said the announcement brought a “disheartening turn” for the government after a series of successes in supporting children through the pandemic.
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She wrote in the statement: “As educators in the classroom, we have always known that standardized testing is not the best way to measure children’s growth, nor is it particularly helpful to children or provide the best teaching and learning methods.” This is especially true of the times, especially when both students and teachers are reshaping the school experience in the most unlikely circumstances.”
But Carissa Moffat Miller, chief executive officer of the Chief State School Officers Committee, said she supports the federal request and wrote in a statement on Monday that the statement “recognized across the country The practical and various challenges faced by educators, students and families.
She added: “State education leaders and CCSSO attach great importance to evaluation as a tool to understand students’ academic performance, spot inequalities and inform decision-making, including ensuring support for students who need them.”
The National Association of Parents and Teachers released a survey on Monday and found that 52% of the parents surveyed agreed to conduct a year-end test this spring, “to measure the impact of the pandemic on student learning.”
Normally, students are tested for state achievement in the spring. Leslie Boggs, the head of the PTA, said: “They can “understand the children’s academic conditions more clearly and help parents provide effective support for their children’s learning.” “
She added: “The survey results emphasize that both parents and educators should have meaningful student learning and progress data” to adapt to learning needs.