Obama lauded Duncan for improving Chicago's test scores so that 67% of students meet state standards, instead of just 38%. Despite the fact that a majority of Chicago public school students still drop out or fail to graduate.
What he didn't mention was the way state standards had been dumbed down by the creation of a new state test for the No Child Left Behind act.
An easier test - it miraculously improved Chicago public school students' scores by 29%!!
"On the 2007 state test, for example, 71% of Chicago's 8th graders met or exceeded state standards in math, up from 32% in 2005. But results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress exam, a federal standardized test sponsored by the Department of Education, show that only 13% of the city's 8th graders were proficient in math in 2007."
We natives are not surprised at Chicago shenanigans, but sad for the students.