Here, in FL, it's called the FCATs. All students must take it in order to move on to the next grade. I'm starting this thread because my 3 youngest grandkids just got their test results. My grandson got a 4 in Writing, a 3 in Math, and a 2 in Reading on this standardized test. All through the school year he had nothing but B's ans S's in Reading (every other subject, too, for that matter). But, because he got a 2 on this one test, he is passed "with intensive remediation". So, because of the results of ONE Test, he has to take remedial classes next year?? Like I said, he had all B's all school year long. Okay, I've ranted. Can someone give me the plus-side to these ridiculous tests?