The story "Schools prepare for shift" (Jan. 20, Page A-1) notes principals and teachers could lose their jobs because their schools didn't meet No Child Left Behind's unreal standards for pupil achievement, set up by the U.S. Department of Education, most of whom had never set foot in a classroom.
Pupil achievement is best described by a New Yorker statement: "One of the greatest predictors of academic success is household income." It's true in Stanislaus County.
Tests have consistently shown that 40 percent of our schools' pupils meet the requirements of the Academic Performance Index. Sixty percent don't, the latter being a match for poverty kids, the ones getting free lunches, 65,000 out of 105,000. Holding school boards, administrators and teachers responsible for all those kids from impoverished homes passes my understanding.