New York strikes federal waiver to cancel the state’s rain assessments for this faculty yr
ALBANY, NY (WWTI) – New York State is filing for a federal waiver to waive mandatory testing for the 2020 through 2021 school year.
New York State Commissioner for Education, Betty A. Rosa, announced Monday that the state Department of Education is seeking a federal waiver to suspend students for the current school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Two drafts for applications for federal waiver were published on Monday and can now be publicly commented on.
According to NYSED, the first application to waive state testing requirements is to waive all elementary, middle and high school levels. This would also allow the department to run the New York State English test as a second language only for English learners who attend school in person a few days a week.
NYSED also released a second waiver motion to remove the requirement to assign a level one to four to each accountability subgroup for each indicator a school district is responsible for, or schools for improvement in the fall of 2021 based on 2020 results to be identified by 2021.
NYSED also announced that regardless of the exemption, they will seek a change to the New York-approved ESSA plan that will allow certain schools that are currently identified for improvement but have made progress based on 2018-2019 results, would enable a request to be made to delete the improvement status.
Following the approval of these exemptions by the U.S. Department of Education, NYSED announced plans to seek an additional exemption from certain ESSA reporting requirements related to assessments and accountability.
All waivers are now open to public comment. Commissioner Rosa commented on Monday’s announcement.
“Given the different circumstances across school districts, the only fair and reasonable decision at this point is to request a waiver of testing and accountability requirements waiver for the 2020-21 school year,” said Interim Commissioner Rosa. “As part of this process, we are seeking input from local stakeholders to ensure our inquiries capture the experiences of our partners across the state, and we look forward to reviewing their comments.”
In addition, NYS Councilor Chancellor Lester W. Young, Jr. commented on the requests for exemption.
“Throughout the pandemic, the physical and mental health, safety and well-being of children and adults in our schools has been a priority,” said Chancellor Young Jr. “Given the ongoing pandemic, we have determined that state assessments in the spring of 2021 will allow students to pass Schools across the state are not administered safely, fairly and fairly and therefore seek these exemptions. “
NYSUT President Andy Pallotta also released a statement on Monday welcoming the department.
“In a year that was far from standardized, it is the right step to apply for this waiver in order to cancel this spring’s standardized exams,” said President Pallotta. “Educators understand the needs of their students and how to maximize their potential. We are grateful that the Department and the Regents are taking this step and are here to ensure that students can still showcase their hard work safely and fairly this spring. ”
The New York State Education Department will accept public comments on both exemptions through February 5, 2021. Stakeholders are invited to complete a short companion survey.
The full text of each proposed waiver can be read on NYSED’s ESSA website.