Here is today's Chicago Trib article about Illinois inflating test scores in the school system. It is sad. Says the article -
But testing experts and critics suggest that the unprecedented growth is more likely the result of changes to the exams.Are we going to accept this from the state? These are the kids that will be going to SIU in just 4 years.
Most notably, the state dramatically lowered the passing bar on the 8th-grade math test. As a result--after hovering at about 50 percent for five years--the pass rate shot up to 78 percent last year.
I'm waiting for a professor from SIU to send in a comment and say the Trib just doesn't understand, I have talked to hundreds of teachers and learned nothing about the truth.