In 2005, Oklahoma’s reading and math standards were rated easier than average; by 2007, they decreased the rigor even more, making all their tests among the easiest to pass in the nation, and below the national standard of “basic” achievement.
In 2007, Tennessee had the distinction of having the lowest standards in the country in eighth-grade reading, and in and grade math.
Mississippi had the easiest test to pass in grade reading, followed by Oklahoma and Tennessee.
North Carolina, which has long held itself out as a leader in education reform, had among the lowest standards in and grade reading.
States that had set their test standards below the basic level in grade reading and math were Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Those that scored below basic in grade reading and math included Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and West Virginia.
Not all the news was bad. South Carolina was the only state to develop...