Writing for the Edmond Sun, Brandon discusses how Oklahoma's public schools fared (very poorly) on the "Nation's Report Card."
He also got personal explaining how his two daughters, Mary Margaret and Lily, performed (superbly) on the Sooner State's academic tests.
The ed. detective at work: "The state Department of Education has some practice tests online, so I printed off the eighth-grade reading test for 2006 and took it home. My homeschooled sixth-grade daughter got 100 percent of the questions correct. My other daughter only managed an 87, God love her, but then again she's only in third grade.
So by Oklahoma's standards, both of these girls are 'satisfactory' eighth-grade readers, and with plenty of room to spare: a mere 62 percent is all you need to be considered 'satisfactory.'
And get this: The bar is set even lower in math, where you can get more questions wrong than you get right and still be considered 'satisfactory.' That's right, 49 percent correct is all you need."