… one solution is to lower testing standards.
In New York State, the Board of Regents plans to reduce the minimal score necessary for a student to be considered proficient in subjects like English and math. From the article at the link:
Last year some schools posted shocking results — in Schenectady, no eighth grader who took the math test scored as proficient.
By reducing the standards of minimal proficiency, we’ll still be able to claim that some kids do know math.