http://edition.cnn.com/2011/US/03/20/pennsylvania.school.testing/index.html Gray says the only legal exemption that would allow her kids to sit out the tests was a religious objection. So that's what she did. But Gray says her concerns go well beyond religion. "The more I look at standardized tests, the more I realize that we have, as parents, been kind of sold a bill of goods." She says the tests are not accurate measures of accomplishment, create undue anxiety for students and are used to punish schools. She gives the example of her sons' award-winning school, Park Forest Elementary, which last year was put on "warning" status after the school's special education students fell below the level of progress the state expects on their exams.