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Colorado lawmaker pushing ahead with effort to suspend state testing despite federal requirement

The sponsor of a bill seeking to suspend Colorado’s standardized tests this year believes the state can use other tests most students already take and still adhere to federal testing rules.  A letter sent Monday by Ian Rosenblum, acting assistant education secretary, calls for states to give standardized tests this year, despite pandemic disruptions. Rosenblum […]

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Schools must still give standardized tests this year, Biden administration says

By Matt Barnum, Chalkbeat The Biden administration said Monday that states must administer federally required standardized tests this year, but schools won’t be held accountable for the results — and states could give shorter, remote, or delayed versions of the exams.  It’s the first high-stakes decision for the new administration’s Department of Education, coming even before […]

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5,800 Colorado kids in second grade or younger were suspended last year. State lawmakers want to reduce that.

A deal that gives school administrators control over the number of days preschool and young elementary students can be suspended from school has increased the odds for a new law that will make suspensions and expulsions rarer in Colorado. For several years, a broad coalition of civil rights groups, early childhood advocates and mental health […]