California state officials have not yet outlined in detail what conditions must exist for a district to select an alternative assessment.
California’s plan would still offer Smarter Balanced assessments in math and English language arts, the California Science Test, as well as tests for English learners.
Groups opposing local assessments argue that the results will not be easily or accurately compared on a statewide level.
The state board will consider if districts can use locally selected tests where Smarter Balanced assessments are not feasible.
It’s been unclear whether the Biden administration would offer testing waivers as many school districts continue to operate with distance learning.
California education officials voted to shorten annual tests in math and reading after federal officials said waivers would not be available in 2021.
Federal education officials said they will not waive testing requirements for the 2020-21 school year.
The State Board of Education will vote this week on whether to shorten the state’s annual standardized tests in math and English language arts.
Many testing sessions for the SAT and ACT were canceled in pandemic. Some remain scheduled for the fall, with social distancing and masks required.
Ending the SAT/ACT as a requirement for freshman admission at UC will likely get attention nationally. Supporters of the move expect it will result in more ethnic and income diversity on campuses. Critics fear it will backfire.
UC's Napolitano plan conflicts in part with faculty position and could be very influential nationally. UC regents are to vote on the issue next week.
Requirements for SAT or ACT are suspended for a year and UC faculty votes to keep the exams in the future. Regents will have the final say.
Exams will include high-tech proctoring to discourage cheating. UC temporarily has dropped the tests as admissions requirements.
UC's one-year pause in testing does not mean a permanent end to SAT/ACT for admissions. CSU may follow. Neither university will require letter grades for high school courses this spring.
School districts can't cancel testing without approval, but they can delay it to later in the school year.