Fedor Statement on Department of Education K-12 Assessment and Accountability Guidance
Today, state Senator Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) released the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Education’s guidance this week
on K-12 schools’ assessment, accountability and reporting requirements for the 2020-2021 school year:
“I appreciate the testing flexibility that the Biden administration has extended to schools. Waiving the 95% participation requirement for federal tests helps ensure we are not penalizing schools if students miss the testing window when they are sick or in quarantine, and are unable to attend in-person testing.
“However, I am disappointed that the federal government will still be requiring these tests. I believe standardized tests are unnecessary. Real-time data, like the course assessments and the required diagnostic tests teachers already give, are the most efficient tools for informing teachers and parents about what students need to make up for learning loss. Ideally, we should use this time to focus on teaching, learning and meeting the needs of students and families, rather than the state and federal accountability systems.”