Edu-truth had to take a little break, but rest assured, we are not gone. There's still far too much misinformation out there, and I, as a teacher, don't want anyone to be misundereducated.
So I apologize for the dearth of posts the last four months, but I just needed some refueling time.
Today is a short post.
There was news (reported today in the Seattle Times, and elsewhere) that ACT scores in Washington have increased. We are well above the national average, as always, but we have even improved on our own average this year. And in case you're wondering if the increase is because only the "top" students took the test, the percentage of students taking the ACT went up as well.
So, more students took the test, and the average scores went up.
Clearly, then, the natural conclusion I draw from this is that education is in crisis.
Scores going up. More students taking the college entrance exam. That can't be good.
So, let's call up the meddlers, the Gates Foundation, Steven Brill, Michelle Rhee, and the charter school movement. Let's quickly implement the "Common Core" standards, because clearly, our current ones are falling short.
I'll post my thoughts on the Common Core standards soon.
For now though, let's all regroup after this latest round of depressing news. I know it's tough to keep getting these bad test results, but this year will be different. This year, I'm very confident, our scores won't just go up. They'll go way up.
Then, finally, we can relax, and the educational crisis will be over.