MONDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2019
Fictitions all the way down: Last week, the latest international test results were released by the Program for International Student Assessment, which is known to its friends as the PISA.
The PISA is administered every three years to 15-year-old students in roughly six dozen nations. These new results come from the 2018 testing.
Here's the great thing about all such standardized testing. You know, in advance, what you'll be told in newspapers like the Post and the Times. It doesn't matter what actually happens. The reporting is preordained.
The gloomy headlines you may have seen were required by Hard Insider Upper End Mainstream Press Corps Law. In the process, some very basic information was withheld from public view.
In the area of standardized testing, there are certain basic things which, by law, you must be told. There are other extremely basic facts you aren't encouraged to think about and aren't even permitted to know.
At the Washington Post and the New York Times, it was standard reporting on standardized testing! And yes—
This is the world we all live in. We can choose to believe it or not.