My post on the Bush Institute web site about annual testing. Looking at the numbers, annual testing does not take a lot of time away from classroom activities. But periodic benchmark testing, which a lot of districts are doing thinking they are preparing students for the annual test, may be taking a lot of time. Certainly benchmark testing adds to the popular notion that kids and teachers are being pounded relentlessly by tests. But what limited evidence exists suggests administering benchmark tests does not lead to higher scores on annual tests. So, the point of investing in benchmark tests gets fuzzy.