Governor Signs Executive Order Suspending Standardized Testing

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Wednesday suspending K-12 standardized testing for the 2019-2020 school year. The EO came one day after the governor announced his request for a standardized testing waiver from the U.S. Department of Education. Newsom's order requires federal approval.

“The safety and well-being of children and staff has to be our No. 1 concern," State Board of Education President Linda Darling-Hammond said in a statement. "We do not want concerns about testing to distract them from their critical work at this time of national emergency." 

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond said “it is not even feasible to expect that we could assemble students in a way where they could take the test” (LAist). 

Read the order here


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