Thanks for sharing. This saddens me, but isn't surprising unfortunately. I've been wondering since I got out of public high school (I'm 27 now) how anyone could get a high school diploma and still not know your/you're, to/too/two, their/they're/their, etc. Well, it's not because all these kids are total idiots - quite untrue. Many of the kids I'm meeting in college are bright and motivated and talented. They aren't too stupid to learn grammar, they've just had no incentive to learn it, and/or subpar teaching to begin with. And now, as you are experiencing, we're focused so much on these stupid testing batteries, so that instead of teaching kids functional grammar we're teaching them how to jump through test hoops. Which would be fine, if we were preparing them for the SAT, ACT, and college reading/writing entry-placement tests. But we aren't doing that. We're prepping them for some bullshit benchmark exam that no one gives a shit about and won't matter ever again in their lives once they pass it. It's ridiculous. It must be a depressing time to be a teacher.