We all know that one of the "new" goals of the education system was to wind up with 80% of kids at or above grade level. What I hadn't realized until my class this evening was that the kids are rated based on their placement within the bell curve of a normalized test. Only 50% can ever be at or above grade level, no matter how well the students know the subject matter. We're chasing our own tails here! The people setting policy are idiots.