Our state will get Race To The Top money, so our town is putting together a plan that is based on the state test. The goal is:
"90% of students entering the 4th and 8th grades will be proficient in reading and math on our state assessment"
This is really a Race To The Average. Do most parents think that state proficiency levels are good enough for their own kids? I don't think so, but do they think the money will help their kids? I haven't seen our (58 page!) proposal yet, but I can't imagine that there is anything more than a guess and check approach to increasing the numbers.