Notwithstanding any other provision of Federal law and except as provided in subsection
(b), no funds provided under this chapter to the Secretary or to the recipient of
any award may be used to develop, incentivize, pilot test, field test, implement,
administer, or distribute any federally sponsored national test in reading, mathematics,
or any other subject, unless specifically and explicitly authorized by law, including
any assessment or testing materials aligned to the Common Core State Standards developed
under the Common Core State Standards Initiative or any other academic standards common
to a significant number of States.
Subsection (a) shall not apply to international comparative assessments developed
under the authority of section 9543(a)(6) of this title and administered to only a representative sample of pupils in the United
States and in foreign nations.
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