Think that kids and teachers only have to go through the standardized testing rigamarole once a year? That's all that the state (and the feds) require but that's not hardly enough for Illinois and CPS.
Already this year there are the Huberman Benchmarks (reading and math and writing), DIBELS (for early literacy), and the new Scantron (which I still don't entirely understand). Plus ACCESS for all ELL students, a 45-minute individual<?> assessment OLCA requires. After that, things murkier. There's WIDA, which may or may not be part of ACCESS. Not to mention Mrs. Hingelhofer's weekly vocabulary tests.
How's the testing regimen working at your school, in terms of time and benefit? If tests gather useful information that is used to help learning, then there's really no problem. But I'm not sure that's the case.