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Newtown Students Will Skip Standardized Tests With Unprecedented Waiver After Massacre

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Ingrid Michaelson accompanied by children from Newtown, Conn. and Sandy Hook Elementary school perform "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 in New York. The Children who survived last month's shooting rampage, recorded a version of "Over the Rainbow" to raise money for charity. They recorded the song at the home of two former members of the Talking Heads rock band. It went on sale Tuesday on Amazon and iTunes, with proceeds benefiting a local Uni | AP

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Connecticut and federal education officials are allowing Newtown students to skip standardized testing because of the school shootings that killed 20 first-graders and six educators in December.

The state Board of Education and state lawmakers voted Wednesday to approve measures allowing Newtown children in grades 3 through 8 to skip the Connecticut Mastery Tests that are being administered statewide this month.

Newtown officials had requested the unprecedented, one-time waiver, citing the trauma suffered by students and staff from the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

State officials say the U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday granted Newtown a one-year waiver of federal student assessment requirements.

State Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor says the waiver is a way to provide some relief from the tragedy.

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