Jefferson County Schools’ achievement gap problems: Grade 8 KPREP Versus EXPLORE

As I wrote yesterday, it wasn’t long after the Bluegrass Institute released our new report on “Blacks Continue Falling Through the Gaps in Louisville’s Schools, the 2016 Update” before the Jefferson County Public School District (JCPS) honored us with a response. In fact, the JCPS Response came out only a few hours after our report…

“EXPLORE” why Kentucky badly needs school choice

The Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Kentucky’s free-market think tank, joins with hundreds of groups nationwide to celebrate the fifth annual National School Choice Week (Jan. 24-30). Since its beginning more than 12 years ago, the Bluegrass Institute has been the leading voice to give Kentucky parents effective alternatives to ensure that each child…

New EXPLORE and PLAN achievement gaps grow in Kentucky

Common Core’s dream collapsing for minorities After an initial delay, the Kentucky Department of Education posted the latest scores for the EXPLORE and PLAN college readiness tests for Kentucky’s statewide eighth grade testing from the 2014-2015 school term this morning. Sadly, the picture for the white minus black achievement gaps is uniformly unfavorable for all…

College readiness improvements in Kentucky? New EXPLORE test data raise doubts

A Common Core concern New EXPLORE test results dated January 29, 2015 from the fall administration of the current 2014-2015 school term quietly appeared in the Kentucky Department of Education’s Supplemental Data web page recently. So far, there has been no news release from the department. And, there is a problem. The EXPLORE Readiness Benchmarks…

Kentucky’s true achievement gap problem: Part 2, EXPLORE Testing Shows Serious Gaps, too

Kentucky’s public education system continues to face a number of problems, but one of the most serious problems involves the state’s chronic white minus black achievement gaps. We previously examined long term gap trends from the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Today, we’ll start to look at the evidence from one of a series of…

EXPLORE and PLAN

– Now we can cover the good news Now that the department of education’s fabricated-national-scores-that-don’t-exist are under control, we can finally cover some good news about PLAN and EXPLORE in an objective and realistic manner. These are the corrected scoring tables from the department. Notice the bogus and non-existent national average data for 2006 through…