Updated April 7, 2020

Grading and Graduation Requirements

California Department of Education Releases Guidance on Grading

The California Department of Education released guidance on grading work through distance learning and alternative grading systems. The guidance notes that local educational agencies are expected to give students flexibility in assignments and grading so that they can meet the state’s minimum graduation requirements, may request a waiver of the state graduation requirements from the State Board of Education for specific students.

UC, CSU, and Other Colleges Announce Guidance on College Admissions

The University of California, the California State University, and the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities have released guidance on college admissions. They are prepared to exercise flexibility and accommodation when working with our educational partners and fall 2020 applicants in meeting admission requirements and the subsequent steps toward enrollment.


College Board Announces Online Courses and At-Home Exam Options for AP Students

The College Board has announced that beginning Wednesday, March 25, 2020, they will be providing live and on-demand AP review courses to students for free. Additionally, it is developing a new at-home testing option so that AP students can still take their exams and receive college credit.

College Board Cancels SAT and SAT Subject Test Administration until June

The College Board canceled it's SAT and SAT Subject Test Administration scheduled for May 2, 2020, and will share updates regarding future test dates. It is planning to add test administrations in response to canceled administrations.

Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order Suspending Standardized Testing

To reduce the strain on students, families, and educators during the COVID-19 outbreak, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order on March 17, 2020, to waive this year’s statewide testing for California’s more than 6 million students in K-12 schools. This includes the following:

  1. Suspending all California Assessment for Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) summative testing
  2. Suspending Summative English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) testing
  3. Placing the Physical Fitness Test on hold until students return to school
  4. Canceling the California High School Proficiency Examination test administration for the weekend of March 21
  5. Placing high school equivalency testing on hold until testing centers are reopened

The California Department of Education and the California State Board of Education have officially submitted a request to the U.S. Department of Education to waive certain assessment and accountability requirements. Preliminary approval was received on March 26, 2020, with final approval expected in the coming weeks.

U.S. Secretary of Education DeVos Announces Broad Flexibilities for States to Cancel Testing

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced that students impacted by school closures due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can bypass standardized testing for the 2019-2020 school year. Upon a proper request, the Department will grant a waiver to any state that is unable to assess its students due to the ongoing national emergency, providing relief from federally mandated testing requirements for this school year.

General Information:

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