The testing is totally antithetical to all research on English language learning. It is inhumane and cruel and shows us absolutely nothing. Testing negatively impacts instructional time which could be productively spent learning English, not test-prep, and fosters resentment, decreased motivation, and the highest dropout rates of any other population (ELLs). Shame on the SED for propagating tests which have no educational value.
Watch my appearance on Tiempo with Joe Torres here- April 12th, 2015 show