I know that a lot of very knowledgeable people read this blog. And, just because I disagree with some readers/commentors doesn't mean that I don't think they aren't knowledgeable. (How's that for a triple negative?)
In any event, I'd like to know what you think are decent standardized tests for academic subjects such as reading and math. I'm especially interested in hearing your opinions on testing the various aspects of reading ability.
What tests are good for measuring the mechanics of reading, such as decoding ability, vocabulary knowledge and fluency? Are there any reliable tests. how about the end-product of reading instruction -- reading comprehension?
What about math? What's a good test for skills students should possess at the end of elementary school and/or to see if they are ready for algebra?
What about tests for history, geography, science?
Be sure to list the tests' weaknesses along with the advantages.