Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has already signaled that the federal government will not be issuing waivers for federally mandated tests this spring because of interruptions due to the pandemic.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has informed states that they should not count on getting the same waivers from federal testing mandates for this school year that they got last spring as the pandemic shut down schools.
In a Thursday letter to chief state school officers, DeVos said that these annual, summative assessments in English/language arts, math, and science are “at the very core” of the bipartisan agreement behind the Every Student Succeds Act, the main federal K-12 education law. And at a time when vulnerable students have been hurt the most by the pandemic, such tests are “among the most reliable tools available to help us understand how children are performing in school.”
Look at that last part again.
The woman who just got her hand slapped three times by the courts for trying to divert more CARES money to private schools that do not have to be measured by such tests wants to “understand” how children are performing in school.”
The woman who said the following about virtual learning wants to still test students to see how they are performing.
The woman who has no degree in education, no teaching experience, never attended a public school or state supported university, and supports vouchers like no other wants to make sure that schools are measured for the effects of a lack of a national plan against COVID-19.
We could make sure that she is not the person to make this decision in the spring.