The State Board of Education Wednesday voted to relieve Sandy Hook Elementary School students from taking a battery of state standardized tests over the next several weeks.

The General Assembly is expected to vote on the waiver request as early as today, Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor told the state board. An official at the U.S. Department of Education has informed Pryor the department will grant the waiver request.

Pryor said he has told the school district that the children at Sandy Hook should not begin taking the tests, which are a requirement of federal No Child Left Behind laws.

Jacqueline was CT Mirror’s Education and Housing Reporter, and an original member of the CT Mirror staff, joining shortly before our January 2010 launch. Her awards include the best-of-show Theodore A. Driscoll Investigative Award from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists in 2019 for reporting on inadequate inmate health care, first-place for investigative reporting from the New England Newspaper and Press Association in 2020 for reporting on housing segregation, and two first-place awards from the National Education Writers Association in 2012. She was selected for a prestigious, year-long Propublica Local Reporting Network grant in 2019, exploring a range of affordable and low-income housing issues. Before joining CT Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for The Washington Post Co.’s Maryland newspaper chains. Jacqueline received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in public policy from Trinity College.

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