Mayor Bloomberg and other politicians fight for more testing of our kids. It covers so many things for them. Most importantly, it is used to judge teachers and the possibility of shutting down schools. In NYC, Mayor Bloomberg has set up multiple guidelines in his hopes of shutting down schools to get rid of all veteran educators so he can place his political cronies in positions to manipulate the children.
There is so much pressure in all schools to raise these biased tests that what is totally ignored are social issues that are disturbing behavior from the kids. I personally see it first hand over many years in my school. There is a ridiculous amount of pressure that is placed on administrators in fear of having the school shut down entirely.
There are mental diseases that are relatively new to the general public like Aspergers where no one has a defined answer how to treat yet these students and all students are forced to take these standardized test. It is painful to watch children so stressed over tests that many believe are unjust.