U.S. Education Department asks 12 states to address low test-participation rates

U.S. Education Department asks 12 states to address low test-participation rates

Source: Education Week

If you’ve been wondering how many states had significant issues with test participation last spring, there’s an answer from the U.S. Department of Education.

Twelve states have received letters from the Education Department in recent months asking them to address lower-than-required participation rates on state exams for groups of students or districts, or statewide.

The states to receive these letters are: CaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelawareIdahoMaineNew YorkNorth CarolinaOregonRhode IslandWashington, and Wisconsin. (Click the individual link to see each state’s letter from the department.) Some of the copies of the letters are undated, but several were sent in either early November or early December.

The Education Department’s letters ask states to specify how they will address their local or state participation rates for the 2015-16 school year. The department includes possible examples of how states could act, such as lowering a school or district’s rating on state accountability systems, and counting nonparticipating students as not proficient for accountability purposes.

On Tuesday, the department also released guidance for states in which it said that under the Every Student Succeeds Act, states need plans to address situations in which participation rates that dip below the required 95 percent.

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