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DeVos gives all-clear for Michigan to cancel M-STEP test this year

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If Michigan students return to classrooms this school year, they won’t have to take the M-STEP test.

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced Friday that students in states that have closed schools will not have to take federally-mandated assessments this year.

Michigan requested a waiver for that earlier this week. State education officials said administering the test this year would be unfair and counterproductive. The M-STEP had been scheduled to start in mid-April and run through May 28.

"Students need to be focused on staying healthy and continuing to learn,” DeVos said in a statement. "Teachers need to be able to focus on remote learning and other adaptations. Neither students nor teachers need to be focused on high-stakes tests during this difficult time.”

The U.S. Department of Education added that since student test scores are used in statewide accountability systems, “any state that receives a one-year waiver may also receive a waiver from the requirement that this testing data be used in the statewide accountability system due to the national emergency.”

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Sarah Cwiek joined Michigan Radio in October 2009. As our Detroit reporter, she is helping us expand our coverage of the economy, politics, and culture in and around the city of Detroit.
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