** “My goal is that my daughters never take a standardized test. I see less and less value in it educationally, and it is being used more and more to beat teachers over the head.” ~ Darcie Cimarusti

** “Obama’s demands that states rate teachers on their students’ test scores moves America away from innovation toward utter lunacy. Judging a teacher on a student’s improvement means states have to start testing kids in pre-K. Education Secretary Arne Duncan calls these ‘formative assessments’ and has set aside $500 million to develop tests for kids as young as four. … Simply put, judging a teacher on their students’ test scores makes as much sense as judging a farmer on his crop without accounting for drought, severe weather, freezes, pestilence, or Wall Street bankers crashing the market and making it impossible to get a loan to buy a tractor.” ~ Jason Stanford, Democratic consultant

** “Rigorous standards alone will not improve student achievement, and if we focus too much on the common-core standards themselves, we may limit the more urgent discussion about implementation. Are states really focusing on the crucial details of implementation and allotting enough time and resources to get the job done?” ~ Linda Diamond