Both houses of the Maryland legislature endorsed legislation to limit the hours of standardized testing in the schools.

But don’t celebrate.

The limit is 2% of instructional time.

That means that students in elementary and middle schools may be subjected to 24 hours of standardized testing! High school students may be tested for 26 hours!

How humane. A third grade student–eight or nine years old–compelled to spend 24 hours taking a standardized test.

Whatever happened to essays, book reports, research, projects, genuine exhibitions of mastery?

Why so many hours of standardized testing? Who benefits?