that land isn't in the frisco metropolitan area, so it's not exactly relevant; people who want to live in SF don't want to live in a new exurban development that used to belong to the parks service
Oh yes it is. The Bay Area has huge portions of it locked off from development through "open space" laws.
What else is there to grade schools on?
The people that criticize standardized testing are usually opposed to any accountability whatsoever. We are not going to fix our schools until we can fix the politics. Public schools are more politicized than any other institution in America. Teachers unions are the single biggest donors to the Democratic party, and 20% of the delegates to the last Democratic Convention were members. Democrats will do anything to support the unions, and the Republicans will do anything to oppose them. Neither party is concerned about actually educating the kids. Charter schools are just a pawn in the game. Democratic politicians generally oppose them, and Republican politicians generally support them. Neither cares about any actual evidence about whether they are effective or not.
I would not go so far as to say that either side does not care. It is more correct that they have lost sight of what they were originally trying to acomplish and do not realize it.