How ‘assurance testing’ has kept thousands of Texas students in classrooms

By: | March 1, 2021

Determined to keep San Antonio schools open, the newly created nonprofit Community Labs is running an assurance testing operation at a size and scale unique in the country, officials said.

With $3.5 million in philanthropic startup money and operating costs covered by public CARES Act funding, the tests remain free to school districts, staff and the families they serve.

While many schools across the country randomly spot-test, or test students in higher-risk activities like sports, to test every single willing student and staff member weekly has been too costly for most school systems.

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