The Education Equality Project's Fast Facts reports that the class of 2008 high school dropouts will cost the United States almost $319 billion in lost wages over their lifetimes.
Whether you lobby for progressive educational change for financial or philosophical reasons is a moot point because either way, there is sufficient information to prove that we are suffering under our current high-stakes testing accountability regime.
Stop the testing. Stop the punitive damages. Stop the standards. Stop the suffering.