Does Nancy Grasmick or anyone else in the upper brackets of academia ever give credit to teachers for what's happening in Maryland public schools? Teachers were only mentioned once in your article and that was to say that they "develop their own lesson plans in more than 30 courses...". In my recent brief career as a high school math teacher (13 years) I didn't teach any AP courses, but I shared a classroom with AP math teachers and observed their classes. Those AP teachers were outstanding teachers and worked their butts off to develop lesson plans that prepared their students for those AP tests. Yes, that's what they get paid to do, but just once I'd like to read a quote from Ms. Grasmick or the governor that gives credit to these teachers.