Thus, Ravitch argues for a nationalization of testing. In a perfect world that would make perfect sense. But this, need I remind you, ain't a perfect world. The high-stakes associated with testing would only get higher with a nationalized test as states would be pitted against each other even moreso than they already are thus increasing the amount of instructional time solely focused on test preparation. Until this country's education establishment begins to put test scores in some perspective, this is a bad idea. Compelling, but bad nonetheless.