Newtown school kids could get a break from tests

The Newtown Board of Education is seeking a waiver for standardized testing for Sandy Hook Elementary students, arguing that they've been traumatized by the mass shooting at the school.

NEWTOWN, Conn. — The school board in the Connecticut town where 20 elementary school students and six educators were killed last month is seeking an unprecedented waiver allowing the district to skip standardized testing for children in grades three through eight.

The Newtown Board of Education voted Wednesday night to seek a federal waiver for the Connecticut Mastery Tests, which are scheduled to be administered in the spring.

The News-Times of Danbury reports that board members decided the trauma suffered by students and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School warranted the one-time waiver request.

Board Chairwoman Debbie Leidlein says she contacted state education officials to inquire about a possible waiver, based on requests from the teachers' union. She says state officials told her they could forward a waiver request to federal officials.

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