Many on our school board are supported by those in favor of school choice (which is kind of like the board of Pepsi saying, "Let's give people coupons for free Coke." I don't get it.)
Anyway, last time two spots were up on the board, some better people were put up by some of these groups against testing, and they got in--Yay!--but now the board is almost evenly split and deadlocked.
So the reason they said they had to do all this testing is because they claim they need some way to linearly and sequenctially track individuals progress. (lots of big educational type terms are thrown around.) To which I said at one hearing, that talking with my child's teacher is going to tell me way more about how she is doing than some numbers on a piece of paper!
We only have one daily paper here in Milwaukee and the editors are very much against the Milwaukee Public Schools and have come out with editorial after editorial in favor of more testing. Like I said before, there is this prevailing attitude--"Oh those poor lower class children. Certainly their parents don't care and don't know anything about education or what is good for their own children! We must save them!" Ugh! It makes me want to barf (although of course, no one says this kind of thing out loud) The media always comes up with this by citing how many kids in the system qualify for free or reduced price lunch. Well, we do and it doesn't mean that we are uneducated and don't care about our kids.
Plus, (if I can just finish up my rant) none of the charter schools or private schools that receive school choice money have to give any of these tests!