Joint Letter to Dr. Miguel Cardona Urging Rejection of Waivers to Annual State-Wide Assessment Requirements for the 2020-21 School Year

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Joint Letter to Dr. Miguel Cardona Urging Rejection of Waivers to Annual State-Wide Assessment Requirements for the 2020-21 School Year

As state leaders, policymakers, and families continue to navigate this uniquely challenging time and take steps to accelerate learning, it is imperative that they have accurate information on how students are performing, so that scarce resources can be directed to the students, schools and districts that need them most.

This letter, signed by the organizations listed below, was sent to Dr. Cardona urging him, if he is confirmed as the U.S. Secretary of Education, to refrain from issuing waivers to states that would allow them to bypass student assessment requirements for the 2020-21 school year and instead asking that he call on all states to administer summative statewide assessments.

National Urban League
National Action Network
UnidosUS
League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)
National Center for Learning Disabilities
Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA)
National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools
The Education Trust
Education Reform Now
Alliance for Excellent Education
Data Quality Campaign
Teach Plus
Educators for Excellence
Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS)
National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
National PTA
KIPP
Collaborative for Student Success