Pennsylvania is in a "critical" time for education, according to state Secretary of Education Ron Tomalis.
Teachers must be evaluated. Curriculum must be aligned. Students must be prepared.
"We have pockets where students are doing very well, and we applaud that. That's what we want to see happen," Mr. Tomalis said in an interview with The Sunday Times. "In other areas, students are struggling."
With the proficiency deadline of the federal No Child Left Behind law approaching, stakes are high in education. By 2014, all students are expected to be proficient in math and reading. On the 2010-11 Pennsylvania System of School Assessment tests, 77.1 percent of students statewide scored proficient or above in math, and 73.5 percent of students scored proficient or above in reading.