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Virginia Board of Education: Public Notice

Apr 07, 2020


Public Notice: Opportunity to Comment on Federal Assessment Waivers and Flexibilities to the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA) due to COVID-19

The Virginia Department of Education is seeking input on a waiver to some federal assessment and reporting requirements for the 2019-20 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Virginia Department of Education has received initial approval of the waiver request and is seeking public input. The proposed waiver will waive the following federal requirements for the 2019-20 school year and 2020-2021 reporting year.

  • Section 1111(b)(2) – requires states to administer reading and mathematics assessments in grades 3 through 8 annually and once in grades 9 through 12.  Science assessments must be administered at least once in elementary, middle, and high school.
  • Section 1111(c)(4) and 1111(d)(C)-(D) – requires states to annually, meaningfully differentiate all public schools for comprehensive support and improvement, targeted support and improvement, and additional targeted support and improvement.
  • Section 1111(h) – requires states to annually release a state report card containing data on student assessments, school quality or student success indicators, and progress towards meeting long-term goals and measures of interim progress.

The Department welcomes comments on this waiver request. Comments may be submitted electronically by Monday, May 11, 2020, to

Questions regarding Virginia’s ESSA State Plan may be submitted to

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