My point is simply that if all children in the country score 34% then maybe it's the test that is the problem.<quoted text>
The people of Springboro have absolutely zero control over what goes on in any district besides our own. The Springboro School District is positively the only district over which we can maintain any semblance of control over our destiny.
How other districts wish to handle these issues is totally and entirely up to them, the state of Ohio minimum standards, and the federal government's minimum standards.
The Chinese utilize a system of competitive education to garner the results they have achieved. More or less a free market competition that rewards those who perform best. A race to the top with winners and losers, but of one thing you may rest assured, they do not lower the bar to make everyone a "winner".
The people of Springboro know the value of education and where it can and cannot take a child.
The level of expectations in this district is much higher than the state mandated "PROFICIENT".
I dare say, most parents around Springboro are not doing cartwheels in the front yard when little Jimmy or Susie brings home a test with only 34%- 56% correct.
We can and must do better for the sake of our children.
As they say, the longest journey begins with the first step. In Springboro it is acknowledging that we have been led in the pursuit of a false standard of excellence.
We can ill afford to year after year cede precious time and knowledge to others around the world.
For the sake of our children's future we must reject the course of study that demands so little of all of us and strive for true achievement across the board for all children in Springboro.
After China, what's your excuse for the 16 other countries that scored higher than the US?
What about Canada where education is "for the most part provided publicly, funded and overseen by federal, provincial, and local governments."
What say you?