I'm all for to let my kids feel stress for lots of things. For productive, good, healthy things. For things that are ruining creativity, narrowing our curriculum, and taking up valuable learning time? Nah. Why would that make me happy or feel like a good parent; "I'm helping build character through artificial stress by settling for a sub standard farce of an educational standard, little one!". Not for me. We can do that in plenty of constructive ways.
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You were not clear about what the testing laws or requirements were in your state. Many parents are not. I know I'm not. They vary greatly from state to state. That insults you? Really?
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As for whether or not standardized testing is useful or not....I think it has its time and place as I've said before. I really value the testing our district uses for K-2 and it helps me pinpoint weaknesses and monitor progress. Yes, my principal analyzes my data and growth, but her question to me always is, "What will you change to help your students learn?" I see that as a good thing.
Oh, I thought as a teacher you might be more concerned with the greater good. I'm not one of those ~ "lets teach them a lesson by making them puke' moms
- Standardized testing causes severe stress in younger students. According to education researcher Gregory J. Cizek, anecdotes abound "illustrating how testing... produces gripping anxiety in even the brightest students, and makes young children vomit or cry, or both."  On Mar. 14, 2002, the Sacramento Bee reported that "test-related jitters, especially among young students, are so common that the Stanford-9 exam comes with instructions on what to do with a test booklet in case a student vomits on it." 
we have two different types of standardized testing.
HLATs - Highest Level of Achievement tests - which test what level the kids are at for reading and writing. The tests are marked by teachers from other schools. I know that they start in grade 1 and go through grade 6, not sure if they go farther. They are a little faulty as in Grade 1 Robbie was reading way higher then he scored - he was only tested up to grade 2 reading and he was reading at a grade 6 level. Not sure what the test will be like this year, they are in May/June.
PATs - Provincial Achievement Tests - Grades 3, 6 & 9, these are tests in different subjects with the higher the grade the more subjects tested. These tests rank schools as well as making sure that provincial curriculum is being followed. Robbie's school is low but that is due to some kids in the Opportunity class (severe learning/physical disabilities) write the tests for experience. His school feels that there is a benefit for these kids to write the tests due to needing to write provincial exams in grade 12 to graduate from high school.
Grade 12 has diploma exams which in part with the regular grades make the final grades for high school graduates. Everyone in Alberta write the same exam for the same class.
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IME tests that test for what grade level kids are reading at are very limited in their scope. My oldest DD was way ahead in reading but in first grade we stopped testing at 4.7 because the next level up books were subject matter that was not all the appropriate for a first grader. This year my kindergartener stopped at 3.2 because of the same thing. We were to the point of wondering what we would change as far as her education path if we knew where she tested. We dont want to bump her up a grade so knowing exactly where she tested was not going to matter
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