A great post here by Carolyn Heinrich of the University of Texas.

She explains that Texas spends more than any other state in the nation on testing, but is seeing no returns on its heavy investment.

The cost is not just in dollars, but in the amount of time that students spend preparing for tests and taking tests, not to mention the distortion of the purpose and content of education.

This is a great analysis of how a well-meaning state can make disastrous decisions that hurt the quality of education.