Then, he wasn't.
Here's the way his non-appearance rolled out, according to Holliday.
This from Commissioner Holliday's Fast Five for Friday email:
Anderson Cooper 360-
The appearance that did not happen.
Tuesday, we received a call from CNN that the producers wanted the commissioner to appear on the AC360 show to talk about national standards.
Wednesday, I got a call from staff of the show, wanting to talk about details of the program.
It became apparent that they did not really want to discuss national standards, but a recent report that compared state test scores to NAEP scores. The show was basically trying to allege that states had actually lowered standards so more schools would meet adequate yearly progress (AYP).
While I was not in Kentucky in 2007 when the Kentucky Core Content Tests were changed, I do know how the standards-setting and test development procedures are handled. I also knew that while the NAEP comparison cut score on our 4th-grade mathematics had actually dropped one point, I also knew that our NAEP proficiency levels had increased, and Kentucky was one of only a handful of states whose levels actually had increased.
Apparently, they did not know that last part.
I also told them that national standards and national assessments would resolve this issue and that I supported the efforts of CCSSO and NGA.
Apparently, that was not the type of show they wanted ... so, they called back in 15 minutes and canceled the appearance.
Never mind - I got to see the final game of the World Series!!!!