The 21st Show

Standardized testing during the pandemic

Garden Hills Elementary School in Champaign, IL

Garden Hills Elementary School in Champaign, IL Reginald Hardwick/Illinois Newsroom

When schools shifted to remote learning in March 2020, former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos made the unprecedented decision to let states cancel standardized testing. Every state, including Illinois, did so, but that allowance did not extend to 2021. Tests proceeded, and when results were released, some were concerned that the data did not grant substantive insight into the impacts of the pandemic on student learning. 

With a second round of pandemic-era standardized tests beginning this spring, we considered the current state assessment landscape in Illinois and how it may need to change going forward with an Illinois state senator and leaders from education groups. 


State Senator Cristina H. Pacione-Zayas


Cassie Creswell 

Director, Illinois Families for Public Education 

Al Llorens

Vice President, Illinois Education Association 

Paul Zavitkovsky

Center for Urban Education Leadership, University of Illinois Chicago



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