In all my years of teaching, I’ve yet to find anyone who actually thinks the big end-of-course standardized tests are actually a good idea.
Man, smiting would probably reduce the possibility of cheating by a considerable amount.
The Virginia Standards of Learning (or SOLs), as the end of course tests are called, are a difficult time for the students. For some, their score is not quite high enough for a pass, but it is high enough they can do an expedited retake in a week or two and hopefully raise their score high enough for a pass.
It’s standardized test time again! Everyone loves standardized tests. Loves ’em.