Testing Again - We are not alone in our questions regarding testing. It was with some interest that I read an article on the iPad about testing efforts in England. The article, “New Tests for Five-Year-Old Schoolchildren Being Considered…” was both interesting and somehow disturbing. I know that we need to test and screen and assess the strengths of young students - it’s how they get a good start. The article notes, “A DfE spokesperson said in a statement: “Making sure our youngest children are given the tools to achieve their full potential is vital, and high quality early education is such an important part of this. That’s why we are investing a record £6billion per year by 2020.”  ([http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/school-children-testing-rejected-other-countries\_uk\_5891b324e4b03ab749dddc1b]) The sentiments are all correct, they are all there. We do want our youngest learners to get the best start possible. And then the article states, “The new exams will be tablet-based and run by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), a UK board, which states the study will “help participating countries to support all children get a strong start early in their lives”.” ([http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/school-children-testing-rejected-other-countries\_uk\_5891b324e4b03ab749dddc1b]) OK. I get it. But is it really necessary? It seems that a skillful teacher in collaboration with parents can access a young learner’s abilities while being involved in the class based activities. Children show their skills, talents, and needs early on in the process of entering school. Somehow I’m thinking another set of tests isn’t going to show much more than what that skillful teacher knows. Let’s focus more effort on letting young students at the age of five have experiences that encourage their learning, experiences that foster development. I just don’t know what another test can show.