Standardized testing - like the SOLs - will not be enforced

Coronavirus crisis: Trump suspends standardized tests, student loan payments

Trump Suspends Student Loan Payments, Standardized Testing

Under federal law, states are required to test students each year in core subjects in grades three through eight, plus once during high school.

"These are anxious times, particularly for students and families whose educations, careers, and lives have been disrupted", DeVos said.

"Right now, everyone should be focused on staying safe and healthy, not worrying about their student loan balance growing", DeVos said in a statement. Neither students nor teachers need to be focused on high-stakes tests during this hard time. "Students are simply too unlikely to be able to perform their best in this environment".

But some education groups cautioned against any widespread testing waiver, saying states can already apply for individual exemptions under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

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Michigan's annual M-STEP tests are scheduled to begin the week of April 13 and run through May 28.

On top of that, the state requires social studies and writing tests, which high school students must pass in order to graduate. The Department of Education's announcement Friday clarifies the policy change.

"There is no mechanism to earn instructional time during a period of mandated school closure. They've been going back and forth, schools open, schools not open", he said. "MDE will not be granting seat time waiver requests during this time", the memo from Deputy State Superintendent Vanessa Kessler said.

The decision came Friday from Betsy DeVos, U.S. secretary of education, acting on a promise from President Donald Trump to relieve borrowers of the burden. I think probably a lot of the students will be extremely happy, some probably not. The Public Interest Research Group said loan payments should be suspended automatically rather than by request, and the group says the suspension should be guaranteed for the length of the pandemic even if it goes beyond 60 days.

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