Soon, the results of Kentucky's new, more rigorous, public school testing will be released. And because the tests are now longer and more difficult, many students are expected to earn reading and math scores that are significantly lower than their past results.
The state education commissioner and local school boards are cautioning parents not to be alarmed by these likely lower scores, because – after all -- a lower score on a tougher test doesn't mean a student is suddenly less smart or isn't working as hard as before.
That makes sense. But I hope parents won't use this comforting explanation as a reason not to be concerned. Because what we're really learning is that, for a long time now, we've been kidding ourselves about our kids' academic performance. Which is scary, because the story never was pretty in the first place.
Despite the calming advisories not to panic, I think we do need to get upset when these lower test scores arrive – just not with our kids.
These expected lower scores will prove Kentucky's problems with public education are even worse than we realized. And hopefully, they'll provide some urgency about the need to finally get serious about reforming the system so our children won't be hopelessly outmatched when it comes to future educational opportunities and job prospects.
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I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…Point of View.