Here is a link from from Fred Bortz on ScienceBlog No Child Left Behind = More High School Dropouts. I spent some time working at an at-risk high school - "Fair Eastside" it was. This school was pre-occupied with state standardized tests and the kids didn't give a care. The school also had a drop-out rate of about 50%. Crazy. Most educators I know absolutely dislike the focus on testing vs. learning. Reminds me of Haberman's Pedagogy of Poverty. It is real.