My mother moved me out of one elementary school, because she didn't like the principle, but after 3 years in an alternate school, I had to go back, because they drew lines to start busing. But my Junior High and High Schools were good schools, as was one of my Elementary Schools.
I DID have the bad teacher in Junior High (now called Middle School), and to this day, I struggle with math because of it. I have a mental block. It was my uncle, who was an engineer who discovered it. I used to say, "I'm stupid when it comes to math." But he made me change my thinking... and though I still don't like it, I no longer say, "I can't do it."
However, I agree with you Emily. What they're doing now with Common Core... and before that with No Child Left Behind.... it's awful! My comprehension is excellent, but I'm a slow reader. This fact makes me terrible at taking standardized tests. Regular tests, no problem, but give me a standardized test that is timed, and I'm domed to failure. Funny thing... I got my AA with a 3.13, and went back 13 years later to obtain my degree and graduated summa cum laude. If I had to do what they're making students do now, I would have flunked out.
These tests are NOT a good indicator of how well a student will do, they stifle the artistic side of the student, and they are ridding children of their individuality, which is what makes our country so great.