…because we can’t figure out who is dumber, our kids or our elected officials.
State School Superintendent Kathy Cox plans to press local boards to postpone the start of the school year until late August.
The stance would reverse a previous hands-off approach to start dates and offer the possibility of better-looking test results in return.
Schools would start next year’s academic year no earlier than the third week of August under the plan, which would be voluntary, Cox said. In return, state Department of Education officials would have more time to crunch testing data from the districts, with the potential that fewer schools would fall short of federal standards. The extra time would allow for standardized testing retakes to be considered.