I need a quote on Standarized Testing that is NOT against such testing.   The quote needs the citation of the author's name and the date of the quote.  Please help.  Thanks.

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In his article from Education Next, Summer, 2002 entitled "Enemy of the good: no standardized test is perfect. But they're useful, nonetheless," Donald R. McAdams touts standardized testing as a tool.  He writes that he

remains committed to the use of testing and value-added techniques to improve America's public schools. Value-added high stakes tests are an excellent way to do this.

Mr. Adams points out that high-stakes organizations measure almost everything because doing so changes behavior; Focusing the workforce on something requires this measuring.  Adams points to the time in which teachers were not held to measuring their students by standardized tests:  they neglected much that was on the curriculum and did not teach as effectively, ultimately hurting the children.

No standardized test is perfect, yet we use them all the time, and to good effect.  Physicians, lawyers, accountants, financial planners, reak-estate brokers, and pilots all take high-stake standardized tests.  These tests ensure that professionals have the knowledge to serve the public well.

Mr. Adams is the executive director of the Houston-based Center for Reform of School Systems and the author of Fighting to Save Our Urban Schools.  See the site below to read his article.