Impact of COVID-19 on Assessments and Accountability under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

March 12, 2020
Fact Sheet:
Impact of COVID-19 on Assessments and Accountability under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act


This fact sheet discusses the potential implications of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on State
assessment and accountability systems. This fact sheet also addresses other considerations regarding the use of
Federal funds under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA). We know that
you are doing all in your power to support your districts and schools to ensure the health and well-being of
students and educators. Like you, we are closely monitoring the situation around the country and will provide
additional information as warranted. We encourage you to review information from the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC), which can be found on the U.S. Department of Education’s (Department’s)
COVID-19 website at: https://www.ed.gov/coronavirus. In particular, the CDC has issued interim guidance to
help K-12 schools and childcare programs plan for and prevent the spread of COVID-19 among students and
staff. See Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools to Plan, Prepare,
and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 available at: https://www.cdc.gov/

March 15, 2020