The case for national testing is made by William J. Bennett and Rod Paige in the Washington Post.
Washington should set sound national academic standards and administer a high-quality national test. Publicize everybody’s results, right down to the school level. Then Washington should butt out.
States could decide what to do to raise their students’ scores — or do nothing at all, if voters would accept that.
Bennett and Paige tell Republicans that states rights has limits. No Child Left Behind, in deferring to the states, has made it too easy to set low standards, administer an easy test and declare success.
Eduwonk has more on the issue.