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!
The PA Department of Education has come up with a 144 page plan to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act. You can go to this page and review the entire 144 page document or choose the 39 page power point presentation.