Day: June 19, 2020

ACT, SAT ‘Test Optional’ College Admissions Gain Ground. But Schools and Students Should Be Skeptical – Inside School Research

Efforts to remove college admissions tests such as the ACT and SAT from application requirements are gaining momentum this year, with more than half of four-year universities offering to make the tests optional at least in some cases, particularly for students coping with massive testing disruptions this spring.

Yet the tests have not taken as much of a back seat in the college process as students and schools may believe, and it’s not yet clear what role they will play in students’ paths to college after the immediate chaos of the pandemic.

The National Center for Fair & Open Testing

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Georgia becomes first state to seek suspension of standardized tests in 2020-21

In March 16, Georgia became one of the first states in the nation to suspend standardized testing requirements in the wake of the COVID-19 school closures, and later received approval from the U.S. Department of Education for the cancelation of all remaining standardized tests in the 2019-2020 school year.

Given the ongoing challenges posed by the pandemic and the resulting state budget reductions, it would be counterproductive to continue with high-stakes testing for the 2020-2021 school year. In anticipation of a return to in-person instruction this fall, we believe schools’ focus should be on remediation, growth, and the safety of

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