So many of my students have been shafted by their teachers over the years. They just weren't learning the things they needed to. Now, they're in high school, and I do what I can. My school is on probation due to not meeting standards on the ACT. It has been for quite some time I just spent a week teaching my students how to beat that test. I didn't teach them to be better readers. I taught them how to answer the questions without reading the passages. I didn't teach them to think about the answers. I taught them how to skip questions they don't know in favor of ones that are easier. The first scores are in. One student did the things I told him and raised his reading score from an 11 to a 19. It's low still... but it's just under the state average and above the Chicago average... definitely enough to get us off of probation if other students scores follow suit. If enough of my students get higher scores this way, I'll probably get a medal! It screams volumes about how utterly preposterous it is that people put merit into these scores... these tests. But... this is what NCLB is all about. Taking the time out of our curriculum not to teach to the test (bad in itself)... but to teach around the test. Justify it.