A slippery solution for AZ’s failing students

Fail safe scheme falsely insures top-notch results

Earlier this month we covered the colossal testing failures being promoted by Arizona’s public schools. The bottom line is that Arizona students are doing even worse on tests than their previously low scores. More than half who took the tests failed — for the FIFTH year in a row!

This marks the first year high schools were given the ability to opt out of participating in this specific assessment, which no doubt thrilled the school administrators, since school funding is based in part on student proficiency in basic skills. Now some schools are resorting to trickery to boost scores, giving those who earn a “B,” for example, a bright shiny “A,” if they were deemed “proficient.”

But wait…there’s more! The latest educrat mumbo-jumble is based on the fact that a student’s ACT scores can determine students’ chances of being accepted into college, class placement, or even access scholarships. The added bonus is students have an opportunity to finagle their scores. As of September 2020, students who have taken the ACT test will have the option to retake individual sections of the test instead of the entire exam. Those who take the test more than once will be given an ACT “superscore” that averages their highest possible ACT composite score. These perks come on the heels of the ability to “pre-test.”

 It’s not difficult to see where this is going. Being a “super scorer” is not an indication of brilliance, unless brilliance is determined by the ability to pre-test, take and retake the test and use the highest score across all attempts to maximize the submitted score. 

What better training for the real world where there are rarely opportunities for do-overs — and certainly not chances to use false cumulative scores? In addition, beginning September 2020, students will have the opportunity to take the ACT online during national test dates, guaranteeing there will be no failures.

ACT initially came into being in the 1950s when schools actually taught. At that time, the acronym stood for American College Testing. Today, ACT stands for nothing. It is a registered trademarked company, headquartered in Iowa with regional offices across the United States and international locations.

Education has become a big business, with undisguised leftist leanings,* that routinely produces a shoddy product — pathetically under-educated American students. Teachers, its first line marketers, now routinely go on strike as we witnessed in Arizona. This model would never survive in a truly competitive environment where outcomes matter.

 *Center for Responsive Politics

4 Responses to A slippery solution for AZ’s failing students

  1. Mike says:

    Even back in the late ’70s when I was testing, the impression we were given as students was that the most important test, relied upon most by colleges, was the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test). The ACT was considered a secondary test, used by “some” schools (but from the impression I got, not the best schools). We took the test anyway but never really put the emphasis on it that we did on the SAT. Consequently we never took it anywhere nearly as seriously. Students and even teachers/college counselors would ask about and compare SAT scores…”Ooh, you had 750…that opens a lot of doors!” but I don’t recall anyone similarly caring or even talking much about ACT scores.

  2. Saguaro Sam says:

    The public education system was designed for indoctrination purposes only, long before Saul Alinsky came along and wrote about it in his Rules for Radicals. People and groups worldwide were scheming about how to destroy this Republic from the time of its inception.

    Can we stop for a minute and remember Kayla Mueller, an Arizona resident who was captured; tortured, and used as a personnel sex slave to al-bagdadi (not his real name).

    We know some information regarding her many months in captivity from the accounts of female doctors who were also captured and held by terrorists while volunteering with Doctors Without Borders.
    These women were ultimately freed when their home countries paid a ransom.

    There is also information about Kayla from Yazidi women and children who were kidnapped and given the same horrific treatment.
    Many of these Yazidi females escaped.

    James Foley, who once taught school in Phoenix, was tortured and killed in the most horrible way by the same group of barbarians.

    Eternal rest, grant unto Kayla and James, O Lord
    and let perpetual light shine upon them.

    May Kayla and James rest in peace. Amen.

    May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed,
    through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

    • Realist says:

      James Foley was a true victim as was Wall Street Journal bureau chief Daniel Pearl who was beheaded by Muslim terrorists prior to the birth of his first child.
      Kayla Mueller was a passionate partner with the Muslim terrorist you claim kidnapped her. Her death was a tragedy, but she willingly traveled to this dangerous area on other occasions to be with her Syrian boyfriend. Her entire history has been recrafted to portray her as sympathetic. She had a decidedly anti-Israel agenda and sided with the terrorists.

      Seeing Red AZ posted this about the Arizona resident in 2015.

  3. Arizona Conservative Guy says:

    Our public schools are a mess. When AZ teachers followed a 24 yr. old self declared socialist as they deserted the students they are charged with educating for over a week while demanding a 20% raise, they lost me!


    Teachers have numerous half days, lengthy holiday breaks, and the entire summer off. Though too few people acknowledge it, their salaries are based on their part time jobs. When Gov. McDucey caved to their demands, after stating he would not, it only emboldened them to make even more outrageous demands. The teachers I know and even those I’m related to are all far left in their political views. Does anyone actually think that prospective is not relayed to their classes, whether subtly or overtly?