This is something I keep hearing from my principal and her son, who has the top test scores in our school and teaches honors classes. They say I should be grateful to have the lowest achieving kids in our school all day long because it should make my value added scores look awesome at the end of the year. Is this true? After I've spent 2 out of the last 3 years working with 9th graders who come in reading at about a 3rd or 4th grade reading level and are ranked in the bottom 3% on their state tests, I don't see how it could be. Mine just won't do any work (especially anything involving reading) and don't care about grades or school at all, so I'm not sure how I'm supposed to get them anywhere. Maybe I'm just incompetent. Have others had different experiences? What did you do to make them grow? I could potentially lose my job if these kids don't show great improvement.