Standardized testing is a good way to evaluate a student’s knowledge and ability but it is not a particularly good way to evaluate a teacher. Stupid people have stupid kids so any teacher that works in the ghetto is automatically penalized with a class full of morons.
Also, when principals become focused on test scores, the brightest students become virtual ghosts in the classroom. Teachers spend their time dragging morons over the line to pass and the smart kids play on the computer after quickly mastering the rudimentary skills that escape the dummies.
Leftists and teachers created this problem by making teachers political state employees who are difficult to fire. After seeing enough government class employees, the public has no faith in teachers and yet they foolishly allow the government to intervene even further by mandating testing and scores. Now good teachers are punished with the worst kids while weak teachers are given the best and brightest or are sheperded out of testing grades.
Until we have the political will to break the teachers unions and return schools to local or *gasp* private control, it will continue to get worse. If you have the ability or the means get your kids out of public school.
Yes. As much as I despise teachers' unions and the public school system, it is wrong to blame the teachers for the failures of the students. Once upon a time, it was assumed [correctly in my opinion] that it was the student's responsibility to get an education.
The teacher presented the material and the student either worked to learn it or didn't. It was, of course, the parents' responsibility to teach their children that an education was important and to help them when they had trouble understanding their lessons.
Schools cannot make up for bad parenting and it's unreasonable to expect them to do so.