We just received the word: Doggone it.
We were about to start collecting data for tomorrow's post.
The data in question would have been scores from the 2000 and 2009 PISA testing. We were going to show you how well different groups of American students scored on the tests.
We reviewed the information last weekend, but we didn't record it. Our thinking went something like this:
The PISA Data Explorer will always be there!
Well guess what? As of today, the PISA Data Explorer isn't there! The site is run by the National Center for Education Statistics. When we tried to access the site, we received a personal message:
Dear Users,Dear "users," the message said. Should we be offended?
Due to a lapse of appropriations and the partial shutdown of the Federal Government, the systems that host nces.ed.gov have been shut down. Services will be restored as soon as a continuing resolution to provide funding has been enacted.
Dang! As we've read The Smartest Kids in the World, we've been impressed by the extent to which Amanda Ripley is willing to ignore the experiences of certain groups of American kids. Surely, though, the reforms which allegedly worked in Finland will also work for those kids!
We wanted to show you how those kids have done on the PISA. Thanks to the shutdown, we may not be able to do that tomorrow. Dang!
Luckily, conservatives feel their position on the shutdown is morally right, as Ashley Parker helped us see on the front page of today's New York Times. We'll see where their inspiring stand leaves us as of tomorrow.
In the meantime, we're forced to report the flow of information curtailed.