This video was posted on YouTube. It shows a pep rally to prepare children for 4, 6, even 8 hours of testing. The school is in an urban district, not Néw York City.

I wonder if the teachers know that the test was designed to “fail” the majority of children? Every year these Common Core tests have been administered, 65-70% of the children “failed.”

They didn’t fail because they are dumb or their teachers are ineffective, but because the test makers aligned the passing mark with NAEP “proficient,” which is out of reach for most children. The NAEP scores of American students have been reported state-by-state by “achievement levels” since 1992. No state but Massachusetts has had as much as 50% of students reach NAEP proficient. In other states, 30-40% of students have registered scores that reach NAEP proficient. This reflects 25 years of NAEP testing.

The children pouring their hearts into the rally don’t know that most are expected to fail. They don’t know that more than 90% of children with disabilities and English language learners have failed on previous Common Core tests. They don’t know that more than 80% of black and Hispanic students failed on previous tests.

They don’t know that the deck is stacked against them. The adults in Albany and D.C. Rigged the game against them.