I doubt my students got dumber, and the tests did not get too much harder. Somehow, my test scores took a turn for the worse, though, and basically are in a tailspin. This will call for a mobilization.
If you would like to help these kids in any way, contact me or keep your ears open for ideas that I am running. Test scores aren’t everything in life, but many students are not developing the skills they need to read at a tenth grade level. You can help.
The sad thing is, though, that this problem is in every city in the country but we rarely hear about it or are invited to help.