The NAEP has begun giving students vocabulary tests. New Mexico fourth-graders came in 50th out of 50 states – although they still beat DC. New Mexico usually does abysmally on standardized tests, but we often have managed to score higher than Louisiana or Alabama – and now California is now a contender for the Bottom Five.
Then there’s Mississippi, which until now had been our firewall. As far as I know, this is the first time we’ve been the lowest-scoring state. But not the last!
I always enjoy discussions of our educational problems. They remind me of an important mystery in Andre Norton’s Witch World series: the inhabitants of Estcarp (except for our half-Earthly protagonists) can’t even think about what may lie behind the mountains to the East. It is as if that direction does not even exist.