Coronavirus: Education Department Makes Changes To Testing, Student Loans

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President Donald Trump said Friday that elementary and high school kids will not have any standardized test requirement this school year as he also announced that college student loan payments and interest would be temporarily suspended.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) released a stimulus package Thursday that would halt all payments on student loans for three months, with an additional three-month suspension at the education secretary's discretion.

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"Students need to be focused on staying healthy and continuing to learn". "Neither students nor teachers need to be focused on high-stakes tests during this hard time", DeVos said in a statement. "Students are simply too unlikely to be able to perform their best in this environment".

DeVos said that because student performance, as measured by assessments, is required to be used in statewide accountability systems, states can ask for and receive a waiver from the requirement that this testing data be used for accountability purposes. Although most states have moved to computer-based testing, this announcement is a recognition of the reality that schools are shut down and education has been interrupted for most students nationwide.

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"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. MDE will not be granting seat time waiver requests during this time", the memo from Deputy State Superintendent Vanessa Kessler said. The relief will be in effect for at least 60 days, according to the department and began on March 13, 2020.

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The U.S. Department of Education has announced two new changes in order to help students and families who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. These tests typically take place in the spring. "That should make students really happy".

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