I’ve noticed people talking in the Comments about opting out of testing. Take a look at this campaign by the Coalition for Better Education, which urges parents to opt their children out of state testing. (You can contribute a few dollars to the campaign at: Coalition for Better Education, 2424 22nd Avenue, Greeley, CO 80631.) Although this campaign is in Colorado, there’s nothing to stop you from starting a similar campaign in your own state. And, at the very least, you can always keep your own child home on the days that statewide tests are given.
If you’re a teacher, you can follow the lead of Seattle middle school teacher, Carl Chew, who refused last year to administer the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL).