In school districts across New York the new state regulations are leaving people feeling overwhelmed, anxious, and confused. APPR, the Student Learning Objectives, the Common Core. The prevailing view is that the State Education Department’s requirements are complicated and intrusive. It doesn’t have to be that way. Here’s the good news - the state is interested in the right thing - data driven instruction. But here’s the bad news - the state is not good at how to pull it off. So, we need to figure it out. Lemonade out of lemons.