What do you think about high stakes testing? From the perspective of a parent and someone who works in a school, I think it is entirely too pervasive. I understand the whys of it, but I find very few of them acceptable. Although I am happy that the burst of standardized testing gave us the numerical data we needed to show/prove that the education gap between white and non-white students is not imagined, our public education system is now infested with way too many such tests. For many many years our teachers used a variety of tools to evaluate student progress. Now we act as if the only REAL way to measure student achievement is to get him or her to answer a bubble test correctly. I think its a real travesty for a whole variety of reasons and on a lot of different fronts. I'd like to hear from others what your experiences have been--either with your own children or classrooms--and what you think we should do about it.