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A group of Year 12 pupils working. Ortu Gable Hall School in Corringham, Essex return after a long break due to the COVID-19 pandemic on Tuesday 16th June 2020. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

Georgia’s governor and the state school superintendent say they will ask federal permission to suspend all state standardized testing for a second year.

Governor Brian Kemp and State Superintendent Richard Woods said in a joint statement today that the tests would be “counterproductive” given disruptions to the upcoming 2020-2021 school year from COVID-19.  They also say they would rather the state spend the money it would pay for tests on helping students in other ways.

Kemp and Woods said they also want to suspend the numerical grading system of schools and school districts that underlies the A-to-F grades issued by the governor’s office.