There really is no name for this other than fraud, unless it’s educational malpractice, and it makes me furious:
New York State has reduced the passing score for its math test from 60% correct in 2006 to a mere 44% today. An investigation by the NYT found that a student who randomly guesses on all question now has an 89% chance of receiving a passing score.
More at the link.
That was a few years ago (five). Here’s what’s happening now:
“The United States is being transformed from a decentralized educational system to a national system from P-20 right before our eyes. In 2010, 45 states adopted Common Core, a standard of college readiness for math and English Language Arts. Logically, ONE common standard cannot have FIFTY state tests. The question became what test would become THE Common Test aligned with the Common Core to provide the framework for the P-20 education to the workforce system? “
More at the link. There’s plenty of evidence that Common Core is good for the big testing company that will win new contracts, and for textbook companies who will get to repackage and resell textbooks rewritten to match Common Core. But there’s no evidence that this is any better for the children themselves than New Math was in the 70s.