Why do you think South Carolina replaced a test called the PACT with one named the PASS?
They had such high hopes for the PASS, South Carolina's replacement test to measure student achievement for NCLB. Jim Rex, SC's Superintendent of Education, fondly hoped that by lowering testing standards, he could show how much education in the state had improved under his watch.
Well, the jig is up. Despite such educrats' best efforts, not a single South Carolina school district made AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) with the new test.
According to Friday's P&C,
"When lawmakers replaced PACT with PASS, they moved to a three-level scoring system -- not met, met and exemplary -- and required students to score at the met level to meet AYP. That means more students could meet AYP because the standard for doing so was lower."
The result? "None of the state's school districts made AYP, and all of the local districts fell short in meeting AYP for its students with disabilities."
What went wrong? No doubt Jim Rex even now is hounding the test-makers about their failure to see that at least one district would pass. "Hey, stupid," he might say, "That was the whole idea behind the new name, PASS."
Those who created the tests must be really dumb.