Testing isn’t a new phenomenon. Grandparents can recount stories of their encounters with difficult tests when they were in school. You, I’m sure, can conjure up memories of holding your own number 2 pencil while filling in circles to answer questions or practicing writing your list of spelling words. We can agree that testing, whether informing a teacher’s grade book or letting a community know if its investment in education is yielding good results is necessary. But why is there so much testing?