"Dear Community, the state has adopted a fussy new set of academic standards, and we live in the state. The main thing is that there will be more testing, and over time, as the standards grow into other subject matters, the testing will increase dramatically. The federal government is also trying to strong-arm the state into tying teacher evaluations into the data that these new tests generate, even though the test don't yet exist. It matters very little whether you or your children are ready and willing to have a fussier curriculum based on fussier standards--- this is all a blame mechanism aimed at solely at teachers. Carry on. Love, the AFT."