So … how’s that working out for us?
As a nation, we’re so far from that goal of perfection that it’s getting in the way of seeing the progress we’ve made.
Yes, it’s true that only 42 percent of fourth graders and 35 percent of eight graders were measured as proficient in math in 2013, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress study known as The Nation’s Report Card.
And yes, only 35 percent of fourth graders and 36 percent of eighth graders were proficient or better at reading.
But compare this to the math scores in 1990, when only