I graduated from high school in 2002. right as NCLB was being signed into law. I didn't experience the changes it put in place, but I remember doing testing before it came along. I think testing has just been an easy way to conduct assessments, but I think it has become too much. I believe that accountability needs to exist, but the methods put forth by NCLB, Common Core, and Race to the Top have not done what they need to do. The standards and accountability push have just burned out teachers and students alike. If anyone is capable of improving education it is the US, but they need to take notes from some other top-performing countries, as well as their own teachers, on how to accomplish it.