Last year, my school didn't meet AYP in math or ELA. Our scores weren't awful, but they stayed mostly flat from the previous year, so we didn't make adequate progress. Then, we got a new principal this year. His experience has been working with underperforming schools and he came in ready to treat us as if we were underperforming as well. He hardly knows what we're doing in our classrooms yet keeps talking about how we need to change things. It's frustrating. Also, because we didn't meet AYP, we got involved with an outside benchmark testing company. They assess the students every 8 weeks and there's a really quick turn-around with the data, so we can use is to inform our instruction. We were told (by the company and our principal) not to stress about the scores during the first few assessments because we were probably going to be at the bottom of the school ranking, but we'd get better over time. Well, we took the first assessments in October and when we got the data back, the scores were pretty good. We ranked 4th out of the 40 schools in my state involved with these assessments and were only 4 percentage points away from the #1 school. Yet, still, we're being treated like we've got a ton of improvements to make. Sure, there are always things to work on, but can't we just all recognize the fact that our students are doing well?!