If your child gets bad state test scores, you are a bad parent. If your kids’ scores don’t improve, we’re going to take away your child tax credits.
There are kids in school who stay up as late as they want. There are kids in school who eat mostly sugar. There are kids whose parents work the night shift and are either asleep or gone for most of a child’s waking hours.
Then there are parents who deal drugs out of their house. Parents regularly in jail or prison. Parents who send kids off on the day of state testing with a bad night’s sleep, a gas station cappuccino and a Pop Tart, and a warning about what’s coming after school.
Wouldn’t you say a child’s home affects school success just as much as a teacher in any given class? Of course you would.
But would we really threaten a parent’s livelihood because of kids’ bad test scores? Of course not. Why? Because a child’s test scores are not determined solely by the actions of the parent.
But, clearly, they’re not determined solely by the teacher either.