As a 10th grade English teacher, I understood all too well that the first-time Graduation Exam takers in my class would serve as the accountability standard for the whole school. No matter how you spin that information, the data would show scores in reading and language that would both DIRECTLY reflect my teaching. Yes, I know that it also reflected the PreK-9th grade years as well, but the data would be returned and I would be the one to answer to that! Teachers bare the burden and the pressure of making students successful despite the other obstacles facing students and their achievement. How do you feel about the pressure put on teachers and schools? Are assessments good, bad, or no big deal?