If tests are diagnostic and low-stakes, they can be useful. If they're high-stakes & eat up classroom time all out of proportion to the information they can provide on a student's progress, they aren't worth the time. Hear that, testing companies & "ed reformers"?
NY Daily News: A testing culture out of control
After months of studying, stressing and — yes — some crying, our kids are finally done with this year’s state English Language Arts and math exams. This happens every year, and each year seems more intense than the last. But after all the fuss and agony to rate our kids, their teachers and their sc…