“We raised [our] standards, but relative to the nation and relative now to the rest of the world, they’re low,” [former state school board member Leslie] Jacobs said. “Relative to where we were in 1998 and 1999, they’re high.”

Standardized test scores will likely drop in the near-term as students transition from state tests to national Common Core curricula measurements. Don’t miss the examples of these changes in a graphic at the end of the article.

Mark Moseley

Mark Moseley blogs at Your Right Hand Thief. Until mid 2014, Mark Moseley was The Lens' opinion writer, engagement specialist and coordinator for the Charter Schools Reporting Corps. After Katrina and...