The Department of Education has announced the states that can try a “growth model” next year. Turns out that it was more Simon Cowell than Paula Abdul as only TN and NC made the cut. More states were encouraged to try again next year if they make some fixes so perhaps that is the ball to watch. But for now you’ve got to hand it to the Spellies, they didn’t just throw open the doors as some had feared (and I resemble that remark!). More later.