Yeah, I remember these tests.  The pressure seemed to be just too much.  Even if I knew the information the importance of scoring on this test just made me blank out. If you're raising children in Michigan, you are all too familiar with the MEAP test.

This year, the state has raised the passing standards. Come this fall, and there are some lawmakers who want to get rid of the test all together.

Teachers say that while some parts of the exam have become more difficult, the standards have also risen.   The proficiency bar jumped from 40 percent to 65 percent last fall.  I don't know how I feel about all of this.  When I traveled to Israel last year and met families and children so many of those kids from other countries appeared to be more educated that our kids here in the states.  Most 7 and 8-year-olds I met spoke at least three, sometimes four languages, fluently.  That worries me when it comes to our kids here in the U.S.