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States Grapple with Standardized Testing during Pandemic

February 25, 2021


One year ago, concern about Covid-19 closed schools nationwide, forcing then-U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to grant all 50 states an unprecedented one-year waiver on federal requirements to administer state-level, end-of-year K–12 standardized tests.

A year later, with mass vaccinations bringing hope that the pandemic may end someday soon, education officials at the state level are once again facing a decision: To test or not to test?

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