Every year around this time I start getting scared and stressed out. The state tests are looming, and spring break is months away. Content is in high-gear and my low students are struggling. I know state test-prep and all its madness is coming soon and I get tired and scared just thinking about it. Around this time of year I start thinking of all the things I could do with an eled degree and wonder why teaching can't be about the kids (who I adore, btw) and not the business of making money from standardized tests. Last week these feelings were compounded when my P showed me a report from the state that determined I was NDD (I forget what the NDD stands for), meaning I was 'statistically insignificant' in helping my last year's students show growth on the state test. :unsure: However, by the time August rolls around I'm excited to start all over again. But this year feels different - the idea of leaving teaching is stronger than in year's past and I'm scared. Does anyone else share my sentiments?