Published Online: May 17, 2016
Published in Print: May 18, 2016, as N.M. to Abandon Gag Order on Standardized Tests

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N.M. to Abandon Gag Order on Standardized Tests

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New Mexico's education department announced last week that it will remove a rule that prohibits teachers from making disparaging remarks about standardized tests.

The move comes after the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico filed a lawsuit in March challenging a regulation that prohibits teachers and other public school employees from criticizing standardized tests. The ACLU said the provision could result in a license suspension or revocation for teachers and other educators.

No one has been disciplined under the provision, which dates back to 2009, during the administration of Gov. Susana Martinez, the department said.

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