You ask: "Why we celebrating failure as our goal?"Test standards from the ODE website. The Standards shows the translation betwenn raw scores on each test and the final scale translation. How this translation is accomplished I have no idea, but obfuscation would seem to be its ultimate goal. Effectively each test has 38 questions (items) some are worth 1 point, others 2, some 3 0r 4. Your raw score is determined by what combination of these questions you answer correctly.
Math for instance, 46 possible points available
score 34.5-46 correct answers - 75%-100%- labeled Advanced
28.0-34 correct answers - 61%-74%- labeled Accelerated
19.5-27.5 correct answers - 42%-60%- labeled Proficient
14.0-19.0 correct answers - 30%-41%- labeled Basic
0.0-13.5 correct answers - 0%-29%- labeled Limited
After observing the way the audience applauded when told that 85% of one school was proficient, I felt it was time to define what proficient actually represents.
How many parents in this district slap their kid on the back when they come home with a 48% on a test and tell them how proud they are of their accomplishment?
We have the resources, the parents, and the teachers to do so much better.
Our goal and focus should be to drive every child into the 75-100% range, anything short of that is failure on all of our parts.
Why are we celebrating failure as our goal?
The answer my friend is blowing in the hot air projected in the school superintendents District Parent Council agenda-- just get out there and whip up a frenszy of "how great our teachers art" so that the teachers union can keep control of that $1700 per child from the "state."
The teachers union priority is all about money and power and who is in control. Not to worry if the child's individual needs could be met better by transferring that $1700 to a specialized education. An illustration of this was seen on the recent TV broadcast of a public school board meeting. One parent said that her child was gifted past the knowledge of college educated parents so she had to let the teacher know that her child needed extra challenges in the classroom; this parent felt that our school district should hire more teachers to give gifted students individualized attention and not considering conversion/charter schools to better meet the individual student since this could possibly take funds out of the teachers unions classrooms.