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Voluntary National Tests
This site from the Department of Education includes an overview of testing plans, the president's remarks at a presidential town meeting on education held in May, and a list of states and cities that have agreed to participate in the tests.

Building Partnerships for Higher Standards
Transcripts of a day-long "briefing and discussion" on the voluntary national test initiative held in August and sponsored by the Department of Education.

Testimony of Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley
Prepared statement presented before the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Sept. 4, 1997.

Measuring Learning Does Not Improve Learning
A report from the National Center for Fair and Open Testing (FairTest), an advocacy organization opposed to what it considers abuses, misuses and flaws of standardized testing. The group is critical of the Clinton proposal – and of the current crop of state tests (See Testing Our Children: A Report Card on State Assessment Systems.)

National Standards and Tests: An Un-American Proposal
This report from the Family Research Council, a conservative advocacy group, suggests that the Clinton national testing proposal is a waste of money, intrusive, and a matter of "increased educational uniformity and information versus liberty."

National Testing
This site from the House Committee on Education and the Workforce contains links to legislation and statements by Chairman William F. Goodling (R-Pa.), who is leading the opposition to the Clinton testing plan.

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