My kids all did the ACT standardized testing today. PASS is next week. Yay. I remember when I was young (not long ago, I swear) and we did these standardized tests too. They may have had different names, but the gist is the same. Here's the difference. I NEVER stressed about them. Ever. The teachers didn't have to teach to them. In all honesty, I don't really know how much funding was based on them, but they were never anything we were stressed about as children. The only thing my parents stressed about them was making sure we had breakfast and got to school on time. We all hated them then too, but we weren't WORRIED about them.