Education Department Releases Assessment Guidance

Focus is on flexibility during the pandemic.

The U.S. Department of Education announced guidance for states in administering student assessments this year. Due to the pandemic, the focus has shifted from using assessments as a tool for accountability to identifying the resources and support that parents and educators need.

“States are working hard to respond to the unique circumstances they are facing and maintain their immediate focus on supporting students’ social, emotional, and academic development,” said Jessica Cardichon, Deputy Assistant Secretary of K-12, Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development.

Acting Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education Ian Rosenblum said, “We also recognize that at a time when everything in our education system is different, there need to be different ways that states can administer state tests like moving them to the fall so that precious in-person learning time this year can be spent on instruction. Balancing these priorities is the best approach.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the Department of Education as they provide guidance on student assessments.
  • For the parents and educators who need support in meeting the educational needs of children whose learning has been interrupted.
  • For school officials to implement the assistance that has been provided and return students to in-person learning.

Sources: AP, NPR


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