NORTH TEXAS (CBSNEWS.COM) – The Biden administration has announced that state education departments would have flexibility surrounding standardized testing this year, but would not have broad authority to cancel the examinations.

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The highly-anticipated policy decision is a reversal from the Trump administration, which widely allowed districts to cancel standardized testing in 2020 as the pandemic prompted widespread shifts to remote learning.

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Standardized testing in the wake of the pandemic has become a hot-button issue among education stakeholders.

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