An article about test scores today says, “A state decision to raise passing standards on English and math tests has produced a dramatic drop in the number of students deemed academically proficient on Long Island and elsewhere across New York , outraging many local school officials.”
Here is a test.
A student takes a test and gets 6 out of 10 questions correct. The passing grade is 60%. The student passes. The next day the same student takes the same test and gets the same 6 questions right and again scores 60%. Passing grade that day has been raise to 80%. The student fails.
The test has two questions that both parents and educators don't seem to get right:
1) Has the student become less proficient?
2) Does proficient mean that everyone should get a trophy?