We should certainly be reflective about the results, but the clear takeaway is that we have more work to do, particularly in supporting the students who are struggling the most. Higher standards are the first step.
More rigor is the next step. Children want and need to be challenged.
Peter Cunningham is the founder of Education Post and serves on its board. He served as Assistant Secretary for communications and outreach in the U.S. Department of Education during the Obama administration’s first term. Prior to that he worked with Arne Duncan when he was CEO of the Chicago Public Schools. Peter is affiliated with