State testing standards and methods are shifting dramatically, as states increasingly choose college-entrance exams to measure achievement. Is this good? Is this bad? On the one hand, these exams were not designed to assessment high school academic achievement. They were designed to assess college readiness. On the other hand, using the SAT and ACT in place of existing state exams means fewer total standardized exams for high school students -- and that is something we support.
For more on this topic, please our post "Why Did the SAT Change?"