New York state education officials have made the decision to cancel normal state assessments for the current school year
New York state education officials have made the decision to cancel normal state assessments for the current school year in light of statewide school closures.
“The school closures caused by the novel coronavirus are unprecedented and so, we have to make unprecedented decisions for our students,” said Interim Commissioner of Education Shannon Tahoe in a press release. “The administrations of the 2020 elementary- and intermediate-level State assessments have been suspended for the remainder of this school year.”
This covers the regular Grade 3-8 ELA and math assessments, science assessments and the state’s alternate assessment for students with “severe cognitive disabilities.”
Local school officials said the elimination of those testing requirements helps to simplify what was already a complex situation for both students and teachers.
“This will allow our teachers and our students the ability to take a breath and not feel so much pressure and anxiety about preparation for these exams during this unprecedented time,” Corning-Painted Post Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education Michelle Caulfield told The Leader.
The state officials echoed that, while praising districts’ response to the current situation.
“The priority for the Board of Regents and the Department is to ensure that districts provide continuity of instruction for students to the greatest extent possible,” Tahoe continued in her written statement. “We are incredibly grateful to the educators who are devoted to developing these plans in the most equitable way possible and who have provided resources for parents and children.”