In a viewpoint article in Teacher Magazine, educational consultant Tim Deroche argues that, far from being necessary evils that creative educators simply have to endure, standards and testing are having an "incredibly positive effect on teacher morale." He says the new focus on results in schools fosters more collaboration among teachers, provides data to help them track students' progress, and creates clear job expectations.
What's your view? Are teachers embracing the standards movement? What effects does standardized testing have on teachers?