All this is happening as an opt-out movement is forming across the state and the country. Even though Pennsylvania state law allows for a child to be opted out of a state exam, there was a large controversy at the end of the 2014-2015 school year when teachers at the Feltonville school in Philadelphia were sharing that information. To me, that seemed rather wrong.
Luckily, though, the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (aka the No Child Left Behind act) is moving forward in the House and the Senate with a proviso solidifying parent's rights to opt out of tests for their children. While not everything in this act will be beneficial to children, in my opinion, this is a signal that we are again moving in the right direction.