It seems that Utah's Common-Core aligned test results have been released and the state is doing only slightly better than NY. Fewer than 50% of the state's population is passing.
In my mind, it is not the students who are failing for lack of effort. It is the "reformers" who have failed for lack of something else. The students are their victims and the chosen weapon is standards that have been set ridiculously high and out of reach at this point in time. If some "reformers" have a point to prove here, it is their own incompetence.
What a Wonderful World (Revised and Dedicated to Ed. "Reformers" Everywhere)