The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is sweeping the nation.
As cases for COVID-19 top 125,000+ globally, a pandemic has been officially declared. In a dire effort to stop the spread of the virus, precautionary measures and closures have gone into effect across the U.S.
Until the virus slows, schools in affected areas are choosing to take advantage of online classes with some districts canceling classes altogether.
What does this mean for standardized testing?
According to The Washington Post, the SAT has been canceled in more than 15 countries, and a growing number of U.S. schools that host it are backing out. Many school districts are choosing to postpone statewide standardized testing until late April or early May, and around 150 testing centers (and counting) have canceled their administration for the March 14th test date.
The ACT has also chosen to reschedule its April 4 national test date to June 13 across the U.S. All students registered for the April 4th test date will receive an email from ACT in the next few days informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13th or a future national test date.
Given the rapid spread of the virus, you should expect possible changes to your state’s testing situation. The best course of action educators can take is to monitor their state’s situation and stay in the know.
For updates on the SAT, click here: https://pages.collegeboard.org/natural-disasters.
For updates on the ACT, click here: https://www.act.org/content/act/en/covid-19.html.
Finally, if you are testing in an area with school closings, please check the test center’s website periodically for updated information.
Let’s work together to keep our students healthy and safe! For updates and prevention tips regarding COVID-19, click here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html.