Spending the school year drilling on tests makes about as much sense as milking a cow all day and never sending her out to pasture!  Thirty-one weeks in a pasture of stimulating interaction with rich literature and two weeks in concentrated practice on test-taking skills will produce what we all seek most for our children:  high levels of curioisity and compassion, enthusiasm for learning, a renewed spirit, and a deep love of reading.  High test scores are a natural consequence, a by-product, not the product itself!  Tests are no more the source of learning than the moon is the source of light.  Both are reflectors.
Suzy Red