I just read a very short article(http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_dc_schools_teachers) about 241 teachers in the D.C. public schools that were fired due to a new evaluation system. Even though the article doesn't give a lot of details, this is very alarming. About 90 teachers were fired due to problems with their license, but others were fired because of low test scores. I teach a subject-testing area and I do my best to go above and beyond preparing my students. What the students with the information and skills I have taught them is out of my hands at that point. Is it fair for a teacher to be fired because of low test scores? Do the students share in the responsibility? On testing day, we have students that come to school late and they are still allowed to take the test. We have students that tell us before they take the test that they are going to put "B" for every answer. I've seen some of them do this in less than five minutes on a four hour test! Some have even said "I'm not worried about passing. hmy: I do believe that teachers should be evaluated. Effective teachers should be rewarded; ineffective teachers should be reprimanded. How do you determine who's effective and who's not? Firing teachers soley on test scores is absurd!