Is all of this time being spent to collect data (often of dubious quality, to be polite...) a waste and every half-day spent testing is $25/student thrown away? (And I'm guessing between VAM tests, progress monitoring tests, and FCAT, the average Florida student spends close to a full week of school testing.)

**The total opportunity cost caused by lost class time and proctoring these standardized tests must be staggering**.

Or, put another way--is proctoring the FCAT worth $50 million?* Oh, and don't forget Pearson's contract with the state--that costs you another ~$51 million a year. I have a hard time believing this is worth it; it's probably enough to run a small school district for a year.

* There are 2,587,000 students in Florida's public schools. If that distributes evenly amongst grades K-12, that works out to 199,000 students/grade. It looks like nearly every grade above 2nd tests (at least once), so that's 10 grades, or ~2,000,000 of the students were tested every year. So two million tests multiplied by $25/student/test yields ~$50,000,000. (This is admittedly a pretty rough estimate with some mutant statistics.)