Feds won’t punish WV for not standardized testing; juniors may get free SAT in the fall

By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

March 25, 2020

West Virginia wasn’t going to do public school statewide standardized testing either way this spring, the state superintendent has said, but now the U.S. Education Department has said the state won’t face repercussions.

Current high school juniors, who get a free SAT each spring because it’s the standardized test for that grade, are planned to instead get that free college entrance exam in the fall, said West Virginia Department of Education spokeswoman Christy Day.

On March 17, they day after public schools closed statewide to help stop the coronavirus spread, state schools Superintendent Clayton Burch sent U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos a letter.


The letter simultaneously announced West Virginia’s testing cancellation and requested a waiver from the rules surrounding it.

Almost all states have requested similar waivers or have already received them, Education Week has reported.