Michigan Department of Education looks to US Department of Education for flexibility on requirements – WILX-TV

Michigan Department of Education looks to US Department of Education for flexibility on requirements – WILX-TV

LANSING, Mich. (WILX) – On Monday evening, the Michigan Department of Education will be exploring federal flexibility announced by the U.S. Department of Education (USED) on state assessment and accountability requirements.

The USED will consider flexibility for specific states on administering assessments based on certain circumstances. The department is looking to work with states to address their needs while also making sure that data is readily available.

In turn, the Michigan Department of Education has requested from the USED a waiver from the federal requirement to administer the statewide tests to Michigan students this spring and waive school accountability measures. Many Michigan students have received inconsistent to no instruction in an in-person format during the 2020-21 school year.

MDE noted in its waiver request that

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