Federal officials are saying that the test used to test what US students know, is being pushed back to 2022.

According to WILX, officials are worried that next year's test wouldn't be feasible or produce valid results.

The commissioner James Woodworth, Ph.D. said in a post to the National Center for Education Statistics website, that this would be the best move for the country.

“Due to the impact of the COVID pandemic on school operations, it will not be possible for NCES to conduct the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) assessments in accordance with the statutory requirements defined by the Education Sciences Reform Act (ESRA) which requires NAEP to be conducted in a valid and reliable manner every 2 years,” said Woodworth. “As Commissioner for Education Statistics, I feel it would be in the best interests of the country and keeping with the intent of ESRA to postpone the next NAEP collection to 2022. By postponing the collection, we are allowing time for conditions on the ground to stabilize before attempting a large-scale national assessment.”

The test is taken by fourth and eighth-graders and assesses the educational progress every other year.

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