Some would like teachers, students and parents to pretend the tests don't exist because the best way to get good test scores is to focus on good teaching and real learning.
This is precisely what the policy makers want.
And while it's true that teachers are partially responsible for narrowing and dumbing down the curriculum in response to the tests, the policy makers who create the laws that place inordinate amounts of pressure on teachers to do exactly that are more responsible.
Standardized testing is a cancer.; ignoring cancer and simply living life as if it doesn't exist, rarely yields promising results.