Don't ya wish lightning-quick-on-the-draw Colbert, catching her off balance, had fired something like this at her?
ARE WE THERE YET? ARE ALL OF AMERICA'S CHILDREN AVERAGE OR ABOVE?As norm-referenced tests have given way to criterion-referenced tests, I suppose no one can really define "grade level" anymore. Even in the "norm-referenced days" when it was understood that by definition, nationally 50% of all students are always below grade level, it was an arbitrary thing.
But the absurdity stands, no matter the definition: No goal can be both challenging to all and achievable by all.