Connecticut, feds allow Newtown students to skip tests after Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting
Balloons hang on a sign at the entrance to Sandy Hook School on December 15, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. The residents of an idyllic Connecticut town were reeling in horror from the massacre at the school. (Photo DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty …
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HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut and federal education officials are allowing Newtown students to skip standardized testing because of the school shootings that killed 20 first-graders and six educators in December.
The state Board of Education and state lawmakers voted Wednesday to approve measures allowing Newtown children in grades 3 through 8 to skip the Connecticut Mastery Tests that are being administered statewide this month.
Newtown officials had requested the unprecedented, one-time waiver, citing the trauma suffered by students and staff from the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
State officials say the U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday granted Newtown a one-year waiver of federal student assessment requirements.
State Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor says the waiver is a way to provide some relief from the tragedy.
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