State education leaders want to pause standardized tests

Leaders say educators need flexibility in teaching during the coronavirus pandemic.

State Superintendent Michael Rice, state legislators, and school leaders from all over Michigan want to halt standardized testing during the 2020-2021 school year.

That would mean cancelling the M-STEP, which is used to assess students’ education, determine whether third-graders need to be held back, and contribute to teachers’ annual assessments.

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Standardized tests are required by federal law, but state leaders can request a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education.

“We are still in the midst of a pandemic and, therefore, are still supportive of waivers of these federal assessment requirements, in addition to a suspension of the testing requirements in state law,” said Rice in a statement to Bridge Magazine.

Michigan isn’t the only state seeking waivers. Georgia and Oklahoma are both considering similar moves.

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