Testing has become so prevalent for school students ever since No Child Left Behind was signed into law. Even though that law is gone and we now have the Every Student Succeeds Act, the testing remains. Pennsylvania has the PSSA test which are simply assessment test. They do not test the achievement of the student, but instead how well the school is at teaching to the test!! PA takes a whole month out of the year to subject 3-8 grade students to this test!
PA students in grades 3-8 will soon be required to take the PSSA tests to determine if the teacher has done a good job of “teaching to the test.” These tests are not achievement tests to determine what level of achievement your child has attained. However, there is a little known secret that parents can opt their child out of these tests!