As schools across the country cancel classes and move instruction online, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced Friday that states will be able to bypass standardized testing.
“Students need to be focused on staying healthy and continuing to learn. Teachers need to be able to focus on remote learning and other adaptations,” DeVos said in the statement. “Neither students nor teachers need to be focused on high-stakes tests during this difficult time.”
In Minnesota, Gov. Tim Walz announced Sunday that schools statewide would close beginning March 17 and going through at least March 27. Schools can take this time to prepare for remote learning should it be necessary.