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“We had reached the conclusion that there was, in fact, too much testing in 11th grade. We thought it was just a tremendous amount of pressure concentrated in a single year.” — Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy   The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 changed the face of American education by tying federal school funding to assessments based on specific math and reading standards. Specifically, every public high school must administer a statewide standardized test annually to all students, so that every high school student is tested at least once during grades 10-12. However, federal regulations dictate neither a national achievement standard nor a national assessment test. Instead, each individual state develops its own standards and tests. However, a confluence of factors have convinced a growing number of educators and state officials of several relevant facts: 1. Designing effective standardized tests is really difficult. 2. Administering effective standardized…

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