In an increasingly competitive academic environment, students no longer merely compete against one another for higher test scores. Today, in addition to the dreaded standardized state testing, middle and high school students are periodically tested by the federal Department of Education, which measures and compares their academic performance to that of students in other countries.
Oh, that’s right. Don’t act like you don’t notice. I saw that furtive glance in my direction as you bent down to grab your algebra…