One of the main complaints that I've gotten from teachers about testing is that there is now so much of it that it cuts, significantly, into instructional time.
And one (teacher) friend wrote to me, only partially tongue-in-cheek,
One idea that I also had, is why not test on weekends? That way they wouldn't have to require that teachers
take away class time for proctoring--they could even hire non-teachers
as proctors! It could be a whole new employment opportunity for our
depressed economy. . . but I am most serious about instructional time
being given back to us for TEACHING and LEARNING, and leave the testing
for outside of the regular school calendar.
And that could be good for another reason (the subject of a blog post very soon, I promise)--it would make it much easier for parents to opt out of testing.