It seems that the state's top educators are mighty envious of Lake Wobegon, where all the children are above average.
Faced with less than stellar test results, the Department of Public Instruction, with the blessing of the state board of education, set out to dramatically improve the results -- not by actually improving the results, mind you, but rather by changing the scoring system.
Public school students’ standardized test performance took a giant leap this year, largely helped along by a new scoring scale that makes the tests easier to pass.
The statewide overall passing rate in all subjects was 56.3 percent, compared with last year’s passing rate of 44.7 percent.
Little Johnny can still do poorly on the test, but now Little Johnny will pass the test! This means that Little Johnny is poised for academic and life success, right?