Where is the money going to come from to provide a computer for every single student in the state so they could all take the exam simultaneously? Do you have any idea how many computers that would require? Who will pay for setting up the huge network that would be required to administer the tests? What arrangements would have to be made for handicapped students who cannot use a keyboard?
Are you volunteering to write a check or help pass a bond issue? I'm sure Fred isn't. With the tax cap on the horizon, I don't see the money being available through the budget, either.
I totally support standardized testing. But, I view the standardized test as a minimum standard. The Regents in my subject area lets me know if I am getting the subject matter across to my students. I can also go back and look at the questions my students answered incorrectly. If a number of them get a particular question wrong, I know I have to sharpen my lessons on that topic. It is a useful diagnostic tool. Yes, there are occasionally bloopers on the exams, and there shouldn't be. But, that is not a reason for wholesale condemnation of the exams nor an excuse for their elimination.
I also believe that some of the elementary exams should be spaced out, so that there are 1-2 each year, not a whole bunch in 4th grade as presently occurs. Why not do the ELA in grade 4 and math in grade 5?
Finally, I would award state scholarship funds based on performance on the Regents exams. Scholarships should be based on merit, not need. A key cornerstone of turning this country around is rewarding merit and hard work and eliminating the entitlement mentality that has corroded our national work ethic.
The Regents exams have become a joke. They don't test competence anymore. They've been manipulated by same powers (educrats, teachers unions) to make it appear the school system in accomplishing something. For the math and science exams a student needs to get less than half the available points to pass thanks to scoring curve. Add to that that the multiple choice doesn't penalize guessing and the free response scoring guide encourages giving one or two points (out of 5) for pretty much anything the students write and a student has to have almost zero knowledge to not pass.