In The Washington Post, Ed Sector’s Kris Amundson takes a look at Montgomery County, Maryland, school superintendent Joshua Starr’s call for a testing moratorium. She looks at the specifics of this instance (and some of this is just local political positioning by Starr, superintendents have to be politicians and educators), but there is a larger issue here. Kids do take a lot of tests, and the lion’s share are not federally required or go beyond the federal minimum. They’re state and local assessments as well as teacher created ones, all for different purposes and often of varying quality. They’re time consuming and they’re often not aligned, not especially useful for teachers, and in some cases persist just because of inertia. Rather than a testing moratorium, which as Amundson discusses has some substantive problems, how about the testing equivalent of zero-based budgeting? Take a look at every test a kid sees over the course of the school year, and decide what can/should go. Not as sexy as a moratorium but better policy.