More thoughts on the superintendent

I was initially very put off by what I saw as a typical failure of a public school administrator. However, after reading the opinion posted below and reading this article from the Boston Globe, I have been reconsidering things. The article states that the failure rate for initial test takers is 32% and the repeat failure rate is 83%. The portion of the test that asks test-takers to transcribe an audiotape passage also sounds like no easy task depending on its format. It makes me wonder what the failure rate for the test for writers of the Boston Globe might have been.

I am leaning to the opinion that this is an example of an overemphasis on test-taking and arbitrary standards prevalent in the public schools culture, not necessarily a reflection on the superindent's ability to do his job.

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