Little three- and four-year-olds are being subjected to what can only be called organized child abuse:
Louisiana is pushing school accountability a step further, moving this fall to start measuring the academic performance of 3- and 4-year-olds in a pilot program for day-care and early-childhood centers in 15 parishes. It's a practice already underway on a limited basis in some other states, although Louisiana officials don't yet know how they will use the data they gather.
The goal, they say, is to create a grading system like the current School Performance Score reports for public elementary and secondary schools, which are ranked for student performance on standardized tests and progress made from year to year.
But whether pre-schools will be rewarded for academic progress, or sanctioned for lack of it, like elementary and secondary schools are, remains to be seen.