“What’s the point of testing?” Each year without fail, teachers and school administrators hear this question whispered in the halls when spring testing comes around. We hear all the arguments against tests – it takes away from instruction, it puts undue pressure on the students, and let’s get back to teaching. While testing can sometimes be thought of as a necessary evil, it is not without value. Effective schools use this opportunity to measure themselves. The achievement data from state tests help to measure our overall effectiveness as a school, identify underserved student groups, and show your student their growth every year. When used wisely, the CAASPP is an effective data point that can guide the direction of your school.