It’s funny. I think of my stepfather often. “If something sounds too good to be true, it’s probably not.” So here we had a ridiculous goal–all children proficient by 2014. That’s three years from now! We could never reach it–unless we continued to lower and lower the standards, which, in fact, we did.
As a lawyer, I was never worried about the goal for my school districts–because I believed that when the time came, that goal would become elusive. Today it did.
Hopefully, we can now work for higher, not lower standards, and reasonable expectations for each students. Having one size fit all did not work.