Ohio Research Director for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Pro to the question "Is the Use of Standardized Tests Improving Education in America?"
"[W]e should remember why standardized tests are essential. The key reasons, as I see them, are objectivity, comparability, and accountability.
At their core, standardized exams are designed to be objective measures. They assess students based on a similar set of questions, are given under nearly identical testing conditions, and are graded by a machine or blind reviewer. They are intended to provide an accurate, unfiltered measure of what a student knows...
Outside of standardized test results, no objective method exists for policymakers to identify either poor-performing schools needing intervention or high-performing schools deserving rewards. Consider the alternative: Who would want policymakers to intervene in a school based on their 'gut feeling' or reward a school based on anecdotes? Statewide standardized exams are essential for upholding a fair and objective accountability system."
"Bless the Tests: Three Reasons for Standardized Testing," edexcellence.net, Mar. 18, 2015