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FILE  -  In this Nov. 14, 2020 file photo, students demonstrate during a rally to call on New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to keep schools open. Classroom doors will open for elementary school students next week, but middle school and high school students in New York City won't return to in-person learning until after the holiday break, De Blasio said Monday, Nov 30. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Study: Students falling behind in math during pandemic

Dec. 1, 2020 12:58 AM EST

A disproportionately large number of poor and minority students were not in schools for assessments this fall, complicating efforts to measure the pandemic’s effects on some of the most vulnerable students, a not-for-profit company that administers standardized testing said Tuesday. Overall, NWEA's fall...

School accountability measures up in the air amid pandemic

Nov. 21, 2020 12:01 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The coronavirus outbreak prompted the Arizona Legislature to cancel statewide standard tests and skip assigning new A-F grades to schools for the 2019-2020 school year. But what about the current school year? It's not yet clear whether it will be possible to grade schools' academic...

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2020 file photo, State school Superintendent Richard Woods speaks at a news conference in Atlanta, where Gov. Brian Kemp announced legislation to cut five mandatory standardized tests for Georgia public school students, including four in high schools. The state Board of Education on Thursday, Aug. 27 chose which four high school tests it will drop. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

Georgia high school tests won't count toward student grades

Nov. 19, 2020 3:13 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — State standardized tests won't count toward public high school students' grades in Georgia this year, after members of the state Board of Education reversed themselves and agreed Thursday with state Superintendent Richard Woods. The board voted 10-3 Thursday to make end-of-course exams in...

Professor Stefan France helps his co-instructor on the first day of classes Monday, August 17, 2020, at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. More of Georgia's public universities are opening for the fall term, trying to balance concern about COVID-19 infections against a mandate for on-campus classes citing financial needs and student desires. (AP Photo/Jeff Amy)

Graduate students fuel rise in numbers at Georgia colleges

Nov. 11, 2020 5:17 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Enrollment at Georgia's public colleges and universities continues to grow, driven by strong demand for graduate degrees as well as increasing numbers of new freshmen. Those factors boosted total enrollment at the 26 schools governed by the University System of Georgia to more than 341,000...

FILE - In this Jan. 2, 2019, file photo, Harvard head coach Tommy Amaker reacts during an NCAA college basketball game against North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C. When George Floyd died this spring under a policeman's knee, Amaker didn't send out a tweet affirming Black Lives Matter or add a uniform patch calling for Equality. He simply continued exposing his players to social justice issues, as he had been doing for more than a decade, establishing the program as a model for other teams only now showing an interest. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, file)

For Harvard coach Tommy Amaker, class is always in session

Nov. 10, 2020 1:42 PM EST

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — When George Floyd died under the knee of a Minneapolis policeman, Harvard basketball coach Tommy Amaker knew it was time to get to work. Or, more precisely, back to work. He lined up guest speakers, many of them Black leaders and veterans of the civil rights movement. A program to...

James Pan, the parent of an eighth-grader, speaks about a lawsuit he and other parents filed against the Fairfax County School Board over its plans to change the admissions process at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, an elite public schools regularly ranked as one of the nation's best, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020 in Fairfax, Va. (AP Photo/Matthew Barakat)

Lawsuit challenges admissions changes at elite public school

Nov. 5, 2020 5:26 PM EST

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — More than a dozen middle schoolers and their families have filed a lawsuit seeking to block changes in the admissions process at an elite public high school in northern Virginia that has been ranked as the best in the nation. Fairfax County Public Schools, frustrated by a decades-long...

Court: UC can't waffle in phasing out SATs in admissions

Oct. 29, 2020 10:22 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Student applicants to the University of California can't submit their standardized test scores with their admissions as the system works to phase out the exam requirements, a state appeals court ruled Thursday. UC regents voted in May to drop the SAT and ACT test scores as admission...

Louisiana score on ACT college entrance exam fall again

Oct. 17, 2020 10:54 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's statewide average score on the ACT college entrance exam fell for the third consecutive year and has reached its lowest level since 2013, setting off alarm bells for education leaders. The Advocate reports the state’s latest average composite score is 18.7 out of...

Holston View Elementary School Program Assistant Trey Arrington takes the temperatures of students as they arrive for the first day of school in Bristol, Tennessee, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. (David Crigger/Bristol Herald Courier via AP)

Tennessee governor: Hold teachers, schools harmless on tests

Oct. 16, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee is calling for the temporary suspension of negative consequences for Tennessee schools and teachers related to student tests for the current school year due to adjustments and disruptions to learning caused by the COVID-19 virus outbreak. The Republican governor said...