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Texas to resume high-stakes standardized testing

Jun. 30, 2020 6:35 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas public school districts haven't finalized their plans for a return to the classroom, but they know the state will resume its high-stakes standardized testing for millions of students. Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath told the state Board of Education on Tuesday that the...

Measures that passed or failed in Georgia General Assembly

Jun. 26, 2020 10:13 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Lawmakers in the Georgia General Assembly on Friday are concluding the regular 2020 session of the General Assembly after a months-long recess because of COVID-19. Besides their annual duty of passing a budget to govern state spending, here's a look at the fate of some other significant...

University of Utah to drop ACT, SAT requirement for 2 years

Jun. 26, 2020 12:52 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Prospective students at the University of Utah will no longer be required to submit ACT or SAT scores for the next two years in response to the coronavirus pandemic, which is causing colleges to rethink their application processes. Steve Robinson, senior associate vice president for...

Gov. Brian Kemp greets state school Superintendent Richard Woods as he entered his ceremonial office where he announced legislation to cut five mandatory standardized tests for Georgia public school students, including four in high school, during a news conference, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 in Atlanta.  The Republican officials are also trying to cut the length of state tests and evaluate local tests that Georgia's 181 school districts give to evaluate student progress.  (Bob Andres /Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Georgia lawmakers give final OK to fewer standardized tests

Jun. 25, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Public school students in Georgia are likely to see fewer state standardized tests in coming years. The Senate voted 45-0 to agree to changes in Senate Bill 367 on Thursday, sending it to Gov. Brian Kemp for his signature. Kemp and state Superintendent Richard Woods, both elected...

State school Superintendent Richard Woods speaks at a news conference where Gov. Brian Kemp announced legislation to cut five mandatory standardized tests for Georgia public school students, including four in high school, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 in Atlanta.  The Republican officials are also trying to cut the length of state tests and evaluate local tests that Georgia's 181 school districts give to evaluate student progress.  (Bob Andres /Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Georgia House approves plan to cut state standardized tests

Jun. 24, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Public school students in Georgia would see fewer state standardized tests under a bill passed by the state House, but lawmakers want the state to keep national comparisons and keep counting remaining high school tests as part of a student's course grade. The House voted 151-0 to approve...

Gov. Brian Kemp greets state school Superintendent Richard Woods as he entered his ceremonial office where he announced legislation to cut five mandatory standardized tests for Georgia public school students, including four in high school, during a news conference, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 in Atlanta.  The Republican officials are also trying to cut the length of state tests and evaluate local tests that Georgia's 181 school districts give to evaluate student progress.  (Bob Andres /Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Kemp and Woods want second year of no state tests in Georgia

Jun. 18, 2020 10:02 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's governor and the state school superintendent plan to ask for federal permission to suspend all state standardized testing in public schools for a second year. Gov. Brian Kemp and State Superintendent Richard Woods said in a joint statement Thursday that the tests would be...

A field of hay is cut during a harvest in Durham, N.H., Thursday, May 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Sununu defends support of protests during pandemic

Jun. 3, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Sununu defended his support Wednesday of the peaceful protests being held around New Hampshire, which remains under a stay-at-home order due to the coronavirus pandemic. Though gatherings of 10 or more people remain banned, thousands of people have attended...

SAT drops plans for home exam amid internet access concerns

Jun. 2, 2020 7:14 PM EDT

The company that administers the SAT college entrance exam is scrapping plans to provide a home version of the test this year, saying it can't guarantee all students would have access to the needed technology. The College Board announced Tuesday that it's pausing plans for the remote exam but still hopes to make...

University of Hawaii to make SAT, ACT optional for fall 2021

May. 26, 2020 10:31 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The University of Hawaii announced that the SAT and ACT will be optional for applicants for the fall 2021 semester as a result of the coronavirus. The exemption for the two standardized entrance exams is only for students applying to enter the university for the 2021-22 academic year, The...

FILE - In this May 2, 2017, file photo, Janet Napolitano responds to a question while appearing before a Joint Legislative Audit Committee in Sacramento, Calif. The University of California will drop the SAT and ACT tests as admission requirements through 2024 and eliminate them for California residents after that, a landmark decision by the prestigious university system. The UC’s governing body, the Board of Regents, voted 23-0 Thursday, May 21, 2020 to approve a proposal by Napolitano that phases the tests out over five years, at which point the UC aims to have developed its own test. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, file)

University of California to drop SAT, ACT test requirements

May. 21, 2020 8:59 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The University of California will drop the SAT and ACT tests as admission requirements through 2024 and eliminate them for California residents after that, a landmark decision by the prestigious university system. The UC’s governing body, the Board of Regents, voted 23-0...