The following article appears on educator Diane Ravitch's blog. The entire piece can be read by clicking HERE .
"What on earth are we trying to catch them up on? The models no longer apply, the benchmarks are no longer valid, the trend analyses have been interrupted. We must not forget that those arbitrary measures were established by people, not ordained by God. We can make those invalid measures as obsolete as a crank-up telephone! They simply do not apply."