100%, without any doubt, they should be banned. The ideology that the marks on a single test can have ANY long term importance WHATSOEVER is harmful. Some districts have even made this mandatory. Our youth have been brainwashed by the flawed education system enough, they don't need some poorly-designed multiple choice test to stress them out!
Kids should not be giving that amount of pressure at such a young age. SATs does get your sets ready but can't they take their time and take as long as they want answering questions. Of course, we need to get ready for GCSEs but there are so many other ways and tests to get us ready. Even 6-8 years olds do SATs (in year 2) imagine YOU being at such a young age given that amount of pressure to do tests to identify nothing in year 2! Even if they're getting you ready to do it in year 6 it's a 4-year difference.
Im in year 11 and I think that children should focus on learning, not exams. However knowing what i need to improve on is helpful and examinations assist this as i will get bad marks for something im not good at, 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Without a rigorous and ultimately irrelevant and unimportant standardized test, how will the political elite fool the permanent underclass into believing that social mobility actually exists. It would just be cruel to deprive poor and underprivileged children of false hope. I mean, come on, let's not be monsters here! Ya dig?