I must say that I really disagree with the whole idea of standardized tests. They might be useful in some sense but it really seems like the whole system goes against what the whole school system is trying to achieve. Educators and teachers should primarily want students to learn and possibly even enjoy learning. However, standardized tests can often get in the way of this learning process.
For example in school today I had to spend an entire period in English writing a practice essay for an AP test that I might or might not take. It took up an entire day that my teacher could have taught me something interesting in and instead made me go through an exercise where I learned very little if not nothing. I ended up being frustrated with having to write the essay which then gave me a negative impression of this class.
Teachers spend so much time teaching for standardized tests, whether they be for TAKS tests in public schools or AP tests in various AP classes. The problem is that when they do this they often have to spend a large amount of time teaching for one particular test instead of teaching to teach the kids.
: Nate Holland :