“Teachers need to be able to focus on remote learning and other adaptations,” DeVos said in the press release. “Neither students nor teachers need to be focused on high-stakes tests during this difficult time. Students are simply too unlikely to be able to perform their best in this environment.”
The department said it will “will accept, process, and approve any appropriate waiver request” and respond in one business day to a states that use a waiver request form to provide necessary information.
The announcement builds on earlier flexibilities provided by the department. Last week, it said it would consider waiving for states the 95% assessment participation rate required under ESEA (most recently reauthorized as the Every Student Succeeds Act), which is factored into academic achievement calculations, in addition to excluding chronic absenteeism rates from accountability reports.