Washington approves Ala.’s education waiver from standarized testing

No more state assessments this school year in Ala.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Alabama State Superintendent of Education Dr. Eric Mackey confirmed Friday that the U.S. Department of Education and President Donald Trump have approved a waiver for the state’s schools in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mackey said the waiver means Alabama won’t have to give any more state assessments or standardized tests to students for the rest of the school year once school systems reopen.

The waiver also means the state won’t have a report card in the fall, so the grade schools received in 2019 will carry over to the 2020 school year. However, the changes will not affect students’ grades.

The state hopes to have students back in classrooms by April 6 but is preparing alternate plans if the pandemic forces an extension of the closures.

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