Our sup loves the STAAR test. She loves loves loves data. She loves to brag that she has made our district better.
Our FAD wants to keep his and our jobs and UIL scores prove to her that we are doing something.
UIL has become a necessary evil for some directors to keep a program alive and keep funding because some admin just don't get it and are looking for quantifiable results.
BTW my school is a D rated school as are most of the schools in my district. We still manage to do ok at UIL. It's a fight everyday.