From this Week's Carnival of Education
We all know by now that states are beginning to game the system with respect to NCLB numbers in order to show more successes than perhaps may be the actual truth. But as Friends of Dave shows us, states game the numbers in other ways, including a race to the bottom of spending figures. In a country with 50 states and DC, you would expect only one state can be 49th, but apparently a number of states want to claim that spot--and have.
Obvously no one want to be last, but next to last is apparently OK.