Just some food for thought:
NHA (Nursing Home Administration)
All of these assessments, if passed with a certain score, allow students to advance their careers in some very highly respected fields. They still have to complete performance tasks and demonstrate their knowledge in some sort of interview of practicum, but a failed test denies the student all rights to pursue a career in the given field. In no way am I saying that we should be testing as much as we do. My son is about to enter the school system and I dread the day he has to take his kindergarten state standardized test.
However, are we doing our children a disservice by tossing the notion of standardized testing out the window in secondary? Should we be teaching test-taking strategies?