Pro to the question "Is the Use of Standardized Tests Improving Education in America?"
"First, we need standardized tests to provide basic information about how our schools are performing relative to each other. In the current environment of testing- and accountability-mania, it's easy to forget that this is actually very useful information for improvement purposes. The fact that we have used this information for other purposes, centering on punitive accountability measures, has taken our eyes off of this benefit to standardized testing. There are dozens of non-punitive ways to use this information, such as resource allocation, professional development planning, and identifying school goals for improvement.
Second, we need standardized testing to identify inequities and achievement gaps. When we have no solid way to measure learning outcomes, it's easy for inequities to hide behind our good intentions and best efforts..."
"Why We Still Need Standardized Testing Post-Scandal," EdWeek.org, July 19, 2011