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Standardized Testing Facts

It costs $1.3 million to administer tests to 90,000 students in Maine, according to the Maine Department of Education.

Nationwide testing costs $1.2 billion dollars. If the nation spent that same amount of money on teacher salaries, every teacher, according to the Brown Center on Education Policy, would receive a $550 raise.

According to, more than 800 four-year-colleges do not use the SAT or ACT to admit substantial numbers of bachelor degree applicants.

Ask any educator and they will tell you they entered education because they believe in children. That connection, though, with each child is lost as educators are forced to spend more and more time on standardized testing and test prep.

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