Hello my name is Colen Briggs and I created this blog for one reason, to pass my business communication class and to inform about the new mandatory testing that our students are being forced to take. A new test called the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers or PARCCS test has been created as a common core assessment to see if students are ready for their future careers and education. After No Child Left Behind (NCLB) passed in 2002, the US slipped from 18th in the world in math on the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) to 31st place in 2009, with a similar drop in science and no change in reading. So are these standardized testing helping kids grow or just weakening their critical thinking? That’s what our school administrations need to think about before they shove more test down our students throats.