You have just presented an EXCELLENT argument for standardized testing. Keeping kids from loosing hope is important and she may be accomplishing that with what she's doing, but are they leaving the class with requisit knowledge level for the course? If they are then more power to her!!!!! ALL of my courses have state issued end of course exams so I have a bar to meet that I have absolutely no power to manipulate. We gripe about them, but they do serve a very real purpose.