- It improves the accountability of students and schools,
including the teachers.
- It motivates students to really learn the material rather than just memorize for tests.
- Knowledge is cumulative, so a student doing poor early can end up behind indefinitely.
- Comparative performance can be tracked to gauge improvement between classes and students.
- It allows parents and teachers to identify students who have a special gift in some area of study.
- Standardized tests can be biased or unfair.
- Students in failing school districts will be punished with less
funding, making the problem worse.
- It lessens the flexibility of teachers.
- Learning material for tests means other material receives less emphasis.