CLARK, NJ – There will be no standardized school tests this spring as schools across New Jersey deal with the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, said a state official on Tuesday. The announcement by the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Education, Lamont Repollet comes less than two weeks after schools closed across the state.

"Given this very unique circumstance, I believe that the decision was a good, solid one," said Clark's Superintendent Edward Grande.  "As students, staff, and parents are adapting to the new remote learning approach, the pressures that accompany state standardized testing certainly are not needed."

The spring student assessments that are canceled include New Jersey Student Learning, ACCESS for English Language Learners, and the Dynamic Learning Maps. 

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Repollet said New Jersey applied for and was granted a waiver by the U. S. Department of Education.  The waiver was offered to states canceling standardized testing due to the coronavirus. 

The standardized test are used in a myriad of ways. In addition to benchmarking student achievement, they are part of graduation requirement and used for teacher evaluations.

The notice said the state will be making the test available to freshmen, sophomores and juniors, as well as middle school students taking high school level classes, in the summer or fall if they want to use the NJSLA high school tests to meet their graduation requirements. 

 Juniors and sophomores have a menu of options for meeting the graduation requirements.

Last week the College Board announced they would be canceling the March and May SAT testing though June remains as scheduled. 

The organization also administers the Advanced Placement or AP programs that are offered in most high schools in the country. They are currently offering online resources for teachers to give remote instructions.  The College Board said they are still working on a plan for administering AP tests, scheduled for May. "We're investing in the development of a new at-home testing option," the website said, with an update expected by April 3.