Regarding the Sept. 5 news article “ New scale boosts test scores”: I’d like to congratulate the N.C. Board of Education for increasing test scores in our state. Unfortunately, it appears that the test scores have not improved and that the pass-fail standard was lowered.
It “appears” that way because they refuse to do a direct comparison of the old and new standards. This is not only a gross disservice to our kids, but it sets an example that does not work in the real world. More kids will be pushed to the next grade where they can be even more unprepared for life.
It’s like climbers of Mount Everest now only having to reach 80 percent of the peak to claim success. If these people are in charge of educating our children, the legislature should cut spending even more. We could eliminate 75 percent of our teachers and lower the standard even more to “increase” test scores.
James Lehner, Cary