President Obama passes on standardized tests

President Obama said yesterday that students should take fewer standardized tests and school performance should be measured in other ways than just exam results. Too much testing makes education boring for kids, he said according to an Associated Press article.

 "Too often what we have been doing is using these tests to punish students or to, in some cases, punish schools," the president told students and parents at a town hall hosted by the Univision Spanish-language television network at Bell Multicultural High School in Washington, D.C."

President Barack Obama points to his earpiece, as he explains to the audience, that he is receiving translations during his town hall with students, parents and teachers at Bell Multicultural High School, in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, Monday, March 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The president is pushing a rewrite of the nation's education law that would ease some of its rigid measurement tools and administer it in less pressure-packed atmospheres, potentially every few years instead of annually.

QUESTION: Should educators reassess giving annual standardized tests?