I work in a school in foreign parts. We give Cambridge language tests to our students every year as summative assessment. Here is my problem. We give the end of course test to the children irrespective of their position in that course. For instance, we give CAE tests to children who have just started the course - and they get between 30 and 40 percent. My argument -that giving children a test that they are designed to fail, that the stress of sitting a test which is too hard for you is counterproductive, that we as educators should never put our students in a place that they are destined to fail, is ignored as "they are standardized tests and we can see how they improve year to year" Other than a brick about the face, what can I do to convince them their approach is wrong?