A facebook group poster was wondering whether her kindergarten child needed to do all the tests the school wanted. One answer:
I opt in to every standardised test possible. The standards keep
changing, and it's "normed" and updated all the time with new versions.
We need the very latest information on how my child is doing.
I also need to pressure my kid every year to be the *best* even though
the *best* is really a relative and moving target.
Since I have nothing
else to care about, I find it gives me a false sense of security when
my child tests well, and something to worry about if my child scores
less than "average." Because golly, only 50 percent of the children
score below the 50th percentile on a given test and YOU DO NOT WANT IT
TO HAPPEN TO YOUR KID!!
I hope that helps! :)