Jason Stanford is a trustworthy guide to the politics of education in Texas.

He keeps close watch on who is paid to lobby for Pearson and notes how hard they work to convince the Legislature that more testing is needed. It is a neat circle. They say the schools are failing. The Legislature slashes the budget for everything but testing. The lobbyists say the test prove the schools are failing and need more testing.

Can’t they ever figure out that students need more time for learning, more arts, more libraries, more foreign language, more civics, more history, more time to make things and do things other than picking the right bubble?