I'm student teaching, and I really like my school and cooperating teacher, but I'm just wondering if this is very much normal or out of the norm. At our district, all teachers of the same course (for instance Honors Bio), must take the same exact tests, quizzes, and assignments, must cover the same material on the same day, and at the same pace. What it amounts to is new teachers simply following trying to keep up with more senior teachers. I find this hard to do given that even in the same course, groups of students can be very different. I can understand parts of it (same tests, same grading etc), but it seems a bit rigid to move at exactly the same pace and give (more or less) the same lessons. Is your school like that, or is this unusual?