ISBE Seeking Standardized Tests Waiver for Second Year

ISBE Seeking Standardized Tests Waiver for Second Year

SPRINGFIELD – For the second year in a row, the Illinois State Board of Education is seeking a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education for standardized tests normally given during schools’ spring semester.

Earlier this month, State Superintendent Carmen Ayala sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Education asking for the waiver on assessments, noting that more than a million Illinois students are still receiving their education completely through remote learning.

Ayala told the Board of Education during its monthly meeting Thursday that they believe bringing students back in-person only to immediately begin state assessments will have a very harmful effect on their social-emotional well being, mental health, and more importantly their re-connection with the school community.

If the federal government agrees, tests like the SAT and certain graduation requirements — like high school civics — would be waived for the Class of 2021.

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