Standardized Testing Cancelled Due to Coronavirus Concerns

Standardized Testing Cancelled Due to Coronavirus Concerns

The rapid spread of the Coronavirus and growing concerns across the world has come to impact people’s lives in a variety of ways. One aspect of life that is significantly affected is the education system. This is being reflected in the cancellations of standardized testing throughout the country. 

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Pennsylvania Department of Education announced that all Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) testing and Keystone exams for the 2019-2020 school year will be cancelled. This also includes the Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA). The PASA testing window is open, but all testing was halted on March 16 with the closure of public schools in the state. Speaking of the issue, Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera stated, “The department will submit the requisite waivers to the U.S. Department of Education, but no schools in the Commonwealth will be administering tests this year.”

In addition to this, testing changes are being seen on a national level. Coronavirus concerns have also forced the rescheduling and postponement of college admissions tests, such as the ACT and SAT. Both groups administering these tests announced that the nationwide exams will be postponed to June, at the earliest. This can significantly impact high school juniors, as the postponement or cancellations of these tests can limit the amount of times they are able to take the tests to try and get higher scores, thus affecting their college applications. Students that were currently registered for the upcoming ACT and SAT dates within the months of March through May will have the opportunity to reschedule for another future test date.

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