I hope you don't mind me making this a separate post, because this is one of the problems. I grew up in a system of standardized testing. How did it work. Every school had to meet a certain level of educational standard that was tested on a national basis every time a student went from junior high to High School and again for high school graduation. This system assured that all schools were held to the same standards. This system has been in place for as long as I remember and it works. I will admit that it is hard to move to a standardized testing system overnight, but I'm convinced that eventually it is the way to go. The problem is that the Teacher's Unions have been successful in framing it as an unnecessary burden on students. What they really oppose is making teachers accountable to ANY standard, to the detriment of the students. If anyone objects to standardized testing how do you suppose we measure the students performance nationally AND the teachers' performance? If you say it doesn't matter you are wrong because it will be manifested when the student goes to college. He/She may not be able keep up because he was educated at a lower standard! He/She may get discouraged and decide higher ed is not for them. P.S. I'm also sick and tired of everyone and their mama equating their problem(s) to slavery.