I am not going to use this space to bash the PARCC Test. To do so is counterproductive. I want to embrace a system of assessment that gives our students and teachers the feedback they need to develop a deep understanding of concepts and the ability to think critically about the world in which they live. I want leaders and colleagues who can do those same things. We need leadership in our country that has a deep understanding of concepts and the ability to think critically about the world where they have chosen to lead. I have a simple proposal: In order to take the oath of office, an elected official must at least meet the expectations as set by state in which they serve on the PARCC (at the highest level it is given) or equivalent if their state is not part of the PARCC consortium. I think that is fair. Our leaders need to demonstrate the same level of academic proficiency that we expect of our high school students. Do you disagree? Why?