Joel Rose contends complacency about test scores is misguided

COMPLACENCY IS THE ENEMY of success, as any entrepreneur--especially those laboring in education--would attest. Hence, last month's op-ed in the USA Today, "Quit Fretting: U.S. is Fine in Science Education," has Joel Rose particularly incensed. Cheering over small upticks in NAEP scores and the number of students achieving a "basic" grasp of content is immature and misguided, he writes in the TIME. Why settle for "basic" when other students in other countries are "proficient?"

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