I have a problem with gauging a student's success based on standardized testing, so I surely don't agree with teachers' success being based on these tests. I have to say that standardized tests do not accurately test all students: it only tests those students who think in the way the test questions work. There are many students who think and learn outside of the box. Trying to fit them all into the same category is not only ridiculous, but insulting and counter-productive to the confidence of the youngster. Standardized tests in our area do not take into account, for instance, language barriers. If a student has been in the country for three months and is struggling to learn the language, the standardized test is given to that student with extended time. I'm sorry, even with college Spanish, put me in a test situation answering questions in Spanish, 24 hours won't make a different. Some students have test anxiety; others don't care because the testing is long and boring. These students won't perform well on tests; it's bad enough that they have to deal with the knowledge that they don't measure up. How is it possible to infer that teachers are responsible for poor test scores. It is a foolish way to gauge student success. And I can personally vouche that in several situations, while teachers compared questions in English and tried to answer them, that we often were not certain of the answers, even with discussion. Too many times, I believe tests protect the jobs of those writing the tests rather than accurately measuring what our children know. Give the kids more time in instruction, less time learning how to take a standardized test, and provide teachers with the time and materials they need—and alter the intent of standardized testing, with specific allowances for the largest groups of test takers—scores will change. But in no way should teachers be blamed for low scores and should this be made available to the public. Why not work realistically to make kids more successful and then praise teachers for their efforts. Education is struggling, and it's because people are looking for scapegoats, and the tail is wagging the dog. As a parent and teacher, it's infuriating.