I'm looking to see how this is handled at other schools. It seems that all the teachers have been doing for MONTHS is preparing these kids for the PSSAs (Pennsylvania's standardized test). They are NOT learning anything new--just pounding the stuff that's going to be on the test into their heads. Even when they learned new stuff at the beginning of the year--they skipped any topic that was not on the PSSAs! I can't remember the last time my daughter had Science class and, when she did, they were doing something called "Too Good for Drugs" for weeks!!! I certainly see the importance of something like this--but in SCIENCE class?? No wonder U.S. kids are falling behind in science. Anyway, now science has been replaced by additional PSSA prep time. My daughter, who is extremely bright and has a hard time staying challenged in school in the first place, was literally in tears last night thinking about having to endure more boring PSSA prep. Thankfully, the test starts this week--and goes on for 3 weeks (she is in 5th grade)! But they have lost a good few months of learning NEW things to this review. I understand how important these tests are to a school's funding--but what about our kids' educations?? There was NEVER this type of prep when I was in elem school. (Granted, that WAS in the Dark Ages.) I feel so helpless. I know that contacting the principal will be useless and will not result in change. The school is concentrating on their funding--but sacrificing our kids. What is standardized testing prep like in your schools/states??