"I think it high time Congress enact similar mandates for other professions that utilize a single measure to determine success. Dentists should be evaluated on how many teeth they save, doctors should be evaluated on how many patients they save, lawyers should be evaluated on how many cases they win, accountants should be evaluated on much money they save clients, and engineers on how many buildings they've designed get built. Congress should also enact national, comprehensive standards for each profession without any input from members of said professions since we know they can't be trusted to make informed decisions or contribute to the discussion in any meaningful way. Anyone who won't come on board should be fired and labeled a dissident. Conformity and control are a must, so teachers should be thankful they are first in the firing line."
—Priscilla Gutierrez, Huffington Post comment
" Children can be trained to get the right answer, like parrots or seals, but the higher scores are not a measure of a good education or a good teacher."
—Diane Ravitch, Wash. Post, Answer Sheet, 1/19/10
"I would like to know who in our country would like their pay to be based on the actions of a group of children. "
—Laurie, in response to R. Weingartner, On Point, 1/26/10