It seems that the writers of this blog have not done their research very well. The high-stakes testing regime in the US has certainly not resulted in any measurable gains in education or performance of schools. Actually closing schools in low income communities and firing of teachers based on the results of standardized tests has resulted in instability of both school environments and of teaching staff. The income achievement gal(gap in achievement between low and hug income students) continues to widen because test results merely reflect economic status. This means schools in low-income communities suffer the punitive consequences of highs takes tests resulting in a vicious cycle of poorly performing schools for the neediest students.