Yes, I hate our testing craze! The way I see it - standardized tests measure how well a kid feels at a particular moment, how well he knows how to take tests, and how well he understands one tiny piece of information that someone in an ivory tower somewhere has determined is important for him to know. And that's not measuring learning.
BUT - my complaining about it isn't helping anyone who has to deal with testing during this month of months in most schools across the USA!
Take a look instead at this video performed by a group of 5th grade teachers in Mounds View Schools, New Brighton, Minnesota. It's wonderful! Thanks to these energetic young teachers (and every other teacher out there who is dedicated to going into a classroom each day) the future of public education is looking very good, despite the reliance on standards and testing.
Be well today and always,