Standardized testing is not helpful at all in my opinion. Who even decides what will be put on them? And what gives them the right to decide? Everyone is different, and everyone will grow up to play different roles in society so why should we all have to learn about the same things? There are so many things that should effect what a student is being tested on, but they don’t because the tests are supposed to come “standard”. If a child just so happens to be placed in the class of a particularly careless teacher, their future suffers. When a kid has to do no more than fill in a bubble to prove their knowledge, you know there is a flaw in your system. Someone could just as easily guess on every question and end up with a higher score than someone who is actually putting in the effort. Oh, and don’t even get me started on the time limits they have on them. How do you expect us to express our full range of knowledge in such a short period of time? To be honest I never finish the reading section on those tests. I don’t think it’s fair that I can be penalized during the college application process just because I take a few moments longer to read a passage on the ATC. Colleges should base their acceptances on the content of a person’s character and their desire to learn over their scores on some random test.