Instead of spending so much money on state testing, we need to spend money on teaching kids how to treat each other better. Teach them about how our actions have consequences and how deeply they effect each other. I've spoken to many adults that carry their wounds from being bullied during their school years. The pain does not go away. We must empower kids to speak up. It's not easy but everyone can start by watching BULLY.
Take a stand and check out: http://www.thebullyproject.com