Pros: Data collected on students, grade, school, and district. Assesses students comprehension of content. Based on testing, students are able to be promoted, placed in classes that fit their needs and interest. Districts have the opportunity to receive funding.
Cons: One set test for all students, no accommodations for special needs students. Students also learn content to pass the and not learn content. Students and teachers can feel overwhelmed and uncomfortable with taking such an important test.