Every time I see any sort of detailed account of standardized testing - either pro or con - I am always reminded on a South Park episode in which Cartman becomes on of these 'miracle' teachers who succeeds with disadvantaged children. Between bouts of "how do I reach these kids" Cartman resolves to help the disadvantage to succeed the same way their wealthier counterparts succeed: by cheating. Oh, and one more thing: "The customer of education has become the DOE and the standardized testing data keepers who determine the money and resources that flow to a school because of a test score that is flawed at its very core." It's just like Facebook. Children are not the customers, they are the product.