"Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent Winston Brooks said he now thinks states should be held to a national yardstick when it comes to their student performance. 'States are performing, or not, based upon their own state assessment,' Brooks told members of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties Monday at the Albuquerque Marriott. He said five years ago, he would have opposed such a move. However, with New Mexico seen as a failing state but having standards known for being among the highest in the country, he has changed his tune. The federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 only requires all students to be proficient by 2014, which is not realistic, he said. It leaves it up to the individual states to set standards and assessments."Golly. That's encouraging. True, Superintendent Brooks has been talking since Day One in ABQ that the 2014 goals are "not realistic". So that's no surprise, especially when one considers that every sane sentient being on this or any other planet has said basically the same thing for years now.
--little blurb/post by reporter Andrea Schoelkopf, abqjournal.com, 4.27.09
Still, seeing this in "official" print, virtual or otherwise, juxtaposed with comments on the need for nationalized standards/testing is heartening. I wonder what those biz types dining on rubber chicken at the Marriott thought of Brooks' comments. Perhaps reading their feedback would be a bit of a downer.
Better I try to put those thoughts out of my mind, and focus my energies on finishing these "I Love Winston" buttons and bumper stickers. How about a line of "National Yardstick Or No Stick!" t-shirts? Or maybe Super MC Brooks could cut a new mix on an old hip-hop cut with "2-0-1-4 Is A Joke"?
Ok, no bad Public Enemy reference can remain unpunished. Let's close a rare upbeat Burque Babble post with an upbeat tune about poorly performed public services...