March 19, 2020

Coronavirus could delay standardized testing until later in school year for students

California’s school guidance on coronavirus, dated March 7th, does not include details on how schools should handle state testing, and it’s unclear if more schools will delay testing as the coronavirus situation is changing rapidly.

Across the state, other school districts find themselves wondering, as more cases of coronavirus begin to impact schools and instruction. Schools and districts cannot arbitrarily cancel standardized tests without local, state and federal approval. If a school must suspend the tests due to an emergency, it must receive a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education.

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