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DeVos to enforce school testing mandates amid pandemic


September 8, 2020

Betsy DeVos, left, participates in a round table discussion with members of the Forsyth County Schools staff, a Forsyth County parent and Georgia School Superintendent of the Georgia Department of Education, Richard Woods in Cumming, Ga. | Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP

The Trump administration plans to enforce federal standardized testing requirements for K-12 schools despite the pandemic, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced to state leaders on Thursday.

DeVos told state school chiefs in a letter that they should not expect the Education Department to again waive federal testing requirements as it did this spring amid sudden school closures.

The decision to suspend testing requirements in March and April was the "right call" then, DeVos wrote, "given the limited information available about the virus at the time and the need to stop its spread, as well as the practical realities limiting the administration of assessments."


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