Illinois education officials look to waive standardized tests this spring

The Illinois State Board of Education is awaiting word on a request to waive Spring 2021 assessments across schools.

State Superintendent Carmen Ayala sent a letter asking for the waiver on assessments, noting that over a million Illinois students are still receiving instruction through remote learning. According to the ISBE, less than 200 school districts serving less than 200,000 students are currently able to offer in-person instruction.

Education unions urged the ISBE to request the waiver. In a joint letter with the Illinois Education Association, the Illinois Principals Association, the Illinois Federation of Teachers, and the Illinois Association of School Administrators, members are calling for
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