The fact is we do a disservice to our students and ourselves by negating THE TEST on the surface, while allowing our actions to show that we are deeply, DEEPLY vested in testing. Maybe it is because we do not have a better system. Maybe we are scared to enact a better system. Whatever the reason, if we accept standardized testing, either by conscious choice or by default, then we need to acknowledge it, accept it, BUT allow for creativity and critical thinking despite it!
The video below focuses on creativity in education. The test-savvy philosophy advocates creativity and allowing students to be partners in the creation of content for the classroom.
Check out his book: The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything by Ken Robinson