We are free from excessive testing that gives no positive benefit to our children.
You would not believe - or maybe you would - the pressure surrounding state-mandated standardized testing in the schools. The students are anxious and (some? most?) the teachers hate it too.
Yes, I understand, we need to have some means of evaluating what (and if!) kids are learning. I get that. But the testing has gotten all tangled up with AYP (is the school making Adequate Yearly Progress toward federal goals) and therefore funding. And guess what that means.
Teaching to the test, which is a colossal waste of time and energy, and pressure. Just this year I've read of scandals in two states where teachers helped the kids cheat on the tests, or went in afterwards and changed their answers so the schools would score better. Principals were involved, and whole districts were implicated.
It's not pretty.
And how is this helping kids?