Why are we changing? Why should we?
Because it is the best thing for the students.
Too many of our students are entering college and can not get into entry level (Freshman English and Math) classes. They have to spend money to take mandatory "No College Credit" classes. Non-college bound students need to be able to write, critically think, and problem solve.
We should not throw out all of the good things that we have done for the last 15 years.
We should not make drastic, upper-management decisions without teacher input.
We must embrace all of the good things that teachers have done and fight to keep it.
Use the "new test" to guide and motivate our change. If we are making a change just in order to address a new test, then it is not worth our time and effort.