Jere Hochman superintendent of the Bedford Central School District in New York, tries to make sense of the latest test results in this blog.

He has a series of spot-on metaphors.

The state’s policy is based, he writes, is best described as “Fire. Aim. Ready.”

He adds:

“Raising the bar?  High expectations?  Every student means every?  Rigorous standards?  Benchmark assessments?  No problem.  But don’t make kids and teachers collateral damage due to accelerated, unmapped, make-up-the-rules-as-you-go-along implementation.”

What is it like to be controlled by a state education department that makes up the rules as it goes along, turning students, teachers, and administrators into collateral damage for their half-baked plans and policies?