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State Education Actions Database – ARCHIVE

The following map and database provided state-by-state updates on actions education systems took in response to COVID-19. The information is no longer being updated but is provided for historical reference. All data was sourced from the U.S. Department of Education, state education agencies or other official guidance from federal or state government. Please submit any questions to


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About the Data

Food Security

USDA waiver status was originally included in the State Education Action Database but has been removed because USDA has approved waivers from all 50 states, DC, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Waivers enable the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option (SSO) sponsors to serve meals in a non-congregate setting and at school sites during school closures related to the coronavirus. See more information on food security:

School Closures & Reopen Dates

Across the country, schools have been closed due to COVID-19 for significant periods of time affecting more than 55 million students. Several states will be transitioning from physical instruction to full distance learning for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year while others are fully closing physical buildings and/or instruction for the 2019-2020 academic year.

ExcelinEd’s State Education Action Database tracks school closures at the state level and reflects the latest information for when schools are expected to reopen or their plan for continuity of instruction once they are reopened.

Statewide Assessments & School Accountability

On March 20, 2020, USED announced broad flexibilities for states to bypass ESSA mandated testing for the 2019-2020 school year due to COVID-19 national emergency. States have an opportunity to apply for waivers that will allow them to suspend or cancel assessments and/or accountability requirements for the 2019-20 school year. The U.S. Department of Education is granting these flexible waivers on a case-by-case basis as the waivers are submitted.

Graduation Requirements

With schools closed, learning disrupted and assessments canceled, states are being asked to address key questions about high school seniors and graduation requirements. In response, many states are providing guidance about or waivers from certain graduation requirements to help schools and districts graduate seniors on time.