O’Donnell Calls for Postponement on All Statewide Student Testing

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Chair of Assembly Education Committee Supports Governor’s Call to Pause State and Federal Tests

(SACRAMENTO) – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) asked state and federal school officials to postpone all required student testing for the current school year. This is in response to lost instructional time from school closures across the state due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“When students return to school we must devote as much time as possible to instruction, rather than testing,” said Assemblymember O’Donnell, Chair of the Assembly Education Committee. “Yesterday, I sent a letter to state school officials and the Governor asking for this postponement and I welcome their support.”

School closures across the state will result in lost instructional time for students. Current state and federal law requires students to take standardized assessments annually for accountability purposes. The State Board of Education would need to apply for waivers from the U.S. Department of Education to be relieved of such mandates.

“During these extraordinary times, schools’ primary focus should be on their communities, rather than on tests,” said Assemblymember O’Donnell.

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Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell represents the 70th Assembly District which includes Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro and Catalina Island.