Gary Stager recently suggested that we move away from the phrase “high stakes testing” which he thinks much of the US public loves, and move toward the phrase “constant testing” which is perhaps a better descriptor of the problems the US education system faces. I agree! In fact, I’ve made this comic to highlight this issue. I am not completely opposed to students taking tests (although I’d sure like to see them improved, many of them are just awful), but I am opposed to students losing almost a year’s worth of instructional time during their k-12 experience to take these tests.