Education apologists in Kentucky still refuse to admit it, but a lot of experts now understand that our education system needs to strive for much higher student performance than we are currently getting.
Certainly, as I recently blogged, the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees the National Assessment of Educational Progress, makes that clear with their very simple and easy to understand statement below.
The governing board doesn’t consider the lower score of NAEP “Basic” to be a suitable performance target. NAEP “Basic” only signifies partial mastery of subject material. Per the board, that’s not good enough. “Proficient” is the goal, and nothing less.
But, education ‘status quo’ers’ like Jefferson County Teachers Association president Brent McKim don’t get that. They don’t want you to know it, either.
Offering up a big smoke screen of nonsense that mistakes what is for what needs to be, McKim told the Kentucky Tonight audience on Monday that NAEP “Basic” is fine target. Basically, McKim claimed that partial subject mastery is an acceptable target for him.
Well, setting unrealistically low education goals only works for status quo educators who don’t have a clue about what our kids are going to need to compete in the increasingly more competitive world economy.
However, setting unrealistically low goals is not in line with what the people who actually run the national assessment are telling us. So, one last time, the people who govern the NAEP have spoken, and they are telling us to shoot for NAEP “Proficient,” not something less.