Standardized tests are frequently flawed, wrong, and mis-scored by the testing companies
There is no reason to give the tests such power over our students and teachers UNLESS your goal is to destroy the teacher's union.
The series she is writing about testing for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution should receive a Pulitzer Prize. See here and here.
What she has uncovered is that the tests are flawed, that errors are common, and that students are denied a high school diploma because of errors made by the testing companies.
When I read about students who dropped out of school because they failed a test–because the test answers were wrong or mis-scored–it makes me feel that the testing companies should be subject to criminal prosecution.
Those students will not have a diploma, they will not be able to go to college, they will not be able to get a good job to support themselves and their family, because of a bad standardized test.
Let me repeat: Testing companies that inflict real harm on real people should be subject not just to fines, but to criminal prosecution.
The testing industry is ruining the lives of other people’s children while they rake in profits.
And they suffer no consequences. Only the students do.