Carol Burris is not only the principal of the year in New York, as chosen by her colleagues, but she knows her statistics.

In this article, she explains Commissioner of Education John King’s magic trick of predicting the scores before the tests were given.

It was magic of the highest order.

And Burris has a brilliant idea about how to close the achievement gap:

“And so to all of the wannabe Kreskins in other Common Core States, here is my plea — align your proficiency cut scores with SATs that predict A+ in college courses. Your proficiency rates will drop to less than 1 percent and then all of the gaps will close. It will be the greatest disappearing act of all time, and perhaps then we can end the show and get back to the business of teaching kids.”