Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Coronavirus: Virginia will now be able to cancel SOLs

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U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced Friday that the U.S. Department of Education will waive standardized testing requirements for the school year.

Any state affected by the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic will be granted a waiver if officials submit a formal request, a news release stated.

So that announcement allows the Virginia Department of Education to cancel SOL testings – school districts need to file formal requests to the federal DOE.

“Neither students nor teachers need to be focused on high-stakes tests during this difficult time,” DeVos said in a statement. “Students are simply too unlikely to be able to perform their best in this environment. Our actions today provide turnkey flexibilities for state and local leaders to focus on the immediate needs of their students and educators without worrying about federal repercussions.”

On Tuesday, VDOE officials said it is considering how to create “maximum flexibility” for student testing during the coronoavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, according to a news release from the department.


John Mangalonzo
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John Mangalonzo (john@localdailymedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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