And it begs an important question: Will the test-lovers out there insist that even these students -- whose lives have been turned upside down, homes lost, in many cases families lost, too -- should have to pass a test to go to the next grade? "Hey, kid, you lost everything but you got a 59% instead of a 60%. You stay in the grade you're in. Good luck with the rest of your life."
This is one of many problems with the current testing regiment and a blind adherence to test results: It allows for no mitigating circumstances. Standards, standards, standards, we hear relentlessly. And I believe in standards. But to hold everybody -- irregardless of personal circumstances -- to the same standards is absurd at best and cruel at worst.