I would suggest that the problem lay not in the testing of students, but in the unwillingness to teach proper curriculum and simply test without all the hoopla. Endless cycles of test prep and performance anxiety for both teachers and students are the enemy, not testing. If the testing material is worthy of being learned, it should be in the daily lessons and is either absorbed or not. Test prep must be significantly shortened but under no circumstances should all testing be eliminated. If the issue at hand is that the material being tested is not considered appropriate, then other testing should be employed. There must be some measurable accountability or we will not know what methodologies and teaching styles are working for our varied populations.