Sometimes you get so busy, you forget someone’s birthday, don’t get a gift and, boy, do you feel stupid!
That’s how I feel right now. I’d forgotten that this is 2014, the year No Child Left Behind mandated that 100% of students would be “proficient” in reading/math. Fortunately, a few folks have reminded me, including Diane Ravitch and Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat. Still, it’s hard to not feel dumb about spectacular graphs like this:
And every state in the nation had a graph like this, one with little arbitrary percentages that reflected how piddly their numbers would be in years prior to 2013-2014, before exploding in nirvanic perfection this very school year. I especially feel dumb as NCLB is technically still around, like a bad case of psoriasis. PARCC/Common Core/EoC/Teachscape be damned, we’re still supposed to be, by law, at 100% by…uh…now.
NCLB: It keeps making us feel like dumb failures, even when/because we’ve all forgotten about it.
My gut tells me that by around 2019, we’ll have largely forgotten all about PARCC/Common Core/EoC/Teachscape as well. One thing you learn after a while in this education game is that it’s more about forgetting things than learning anything.
Happy Birthday 100%!