It gets worse, at least from a biology teacher's point of view:
Only about a third of Americans accept natural selection, the cornerstone of biology. That's like "believing in" chemistry without accepting the concept of atoms, or physics without accepting inertia.
Forget NAEP, forget NGSS, PARCC, and CCSS--forget all of that, because whatever we're doing is not working, and will not work, so long as we continue to treat children as standardized units, as long as we treasure obedience over skepticism, as long as we continue to reward the worst of our behaviors at our highest levels of power.
In the meantime, I will continue to plant seeds in our classroom, both figuratively and literally, until the happy (but not inevitable) day when our children bark at the nonsense we feed them every day at home, in school, in malls, in just about any space where kids encounter adults.
Take a child clamming, gardening, fishing, crabbing, kite-flying, hunting, whatever it takes.