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N.M. to Abandon Gag Order on Standardized Tests

By The Associated Press — May 17, 2016 1 min read

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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A version of this article appeared in the May 18, 2016 edition of Education Week as N.M. to Abandon Gag Order on Standardized Tests

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