September 17 | Education Week

By Catherine Gewertz

In new guidance issued Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Education offered states the chance to suspend their current tests this spring, as long as they administer field tests being designed by the two common-assessment consortia in math and English/language arts.

The guidance didn't directly address the question of whether a state can set aside its current math and English/language arts tests for 2014 and use only field tests, as California is planning to do, despite Education Secretary Arne Duncan's warning that doing so could cost it part of its Title I money as a penalty.

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