Standardized Tests should be used to inform education professionals about what individual students are learning, and what is working best for schools and districts. These tests should not be the sole or primary measure of a potentially punitive teacher evaluation system. Instead, standardized tests should be useful and relevant to both teachers and students.
"Even if the tests contained no absurd questions; even if the tests were flawless, the misuse of test scores is an affront to educators and to students. There may be diagnostic value in standardized tests, but they are now being treated as scientific instruments. They are cultural artifacts, social constructions, created by fallible people. They should be used appropriately to provide useful information to teachers, not to punish or reward them." - Diane Ravitch