Whether scores rise or fall wouldn't influence me because I think they are phony measures.
Imagine 2,000 questions for 4th grade math that cover the entire scope of appropriate material from basic to advanced topics.
No amount of data can ultimately answer the questions we want to ask.
I believe that local educators should be told what to produce, and then they should be turned loose to do it.
How we conduct 12 or more years of our children's education is surely a sensitive topic, and hardly a trivial matter.