The U.S. Department of Education has given Virginia permission to cancel federally mandated Standard of Learning tests during the 2019-2020 school year. The Superintendent of Public Education. James Lane, submitted the Commonwealth's waiver application on Friday after the Virginia Department of Education was informed by the federal agency. On Saturday, the federal department gave VDOE the green light to implement the waiver pending formal approval later this spring. The VDOE is exploring options for cancelling the administration of state-required SOL tests during the reconvened session of the General Assembly in April. James Lane has also announced that he is using his authority under Governor Ralph Northam's executive order 51 to ensure the high school seniors who were on track to earn a diploma later this spring are able to graduate.
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