Nice to know that we are doing better than Armenia, Ghana and Syria, but it is very hard to take much comfort in that

I share those thoughts, but I didn’t write them. They actually come from an October 25, 2013 Education Week Blogs piece from Marc Tucker. Tucker actually says of the recent study that attempted to match scores for the states on the National Assessment of Educational Progress to scores from an entirely different international test: “Nice,…

American Thinker: Education needs sages on the stage, not guides on the side

The American Thinker just published an excellent article by Bruce Deitrick Price about “Sages on Stages Desperately Needed.” Price summarizes the pitfalls in supposedly “new” education methods being ushered in as a result of the Common Core State Standards. The problem is, these education ideas are not new. Worse, these education philosophies were already tried…

Jefferson County parents just now getting their children’s K-PREP test results from last year

In another example of how Kentucky’s complex and time-consuming to grade Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) assessments lead to long turn-around times for results, the Courier-Journal just announced that parents in Jefferson County are just now getting the results for their children from the last school term’s assessment cycle. How is a parent…

Remaking Memphis’ schools: Now that’s a REAL education reform!

While Kentucky’s educators crawl along with hand-slap reforms that do little to fundamentally shake up our existing, school-choice and true-reform-hostile public schools, down river in Memphis, Tennessee, a true revolution is under way – a revolution that won Tennessee an enormous first round grant from the Race to the Top competition (Kentucky’s relative lack of…

Watch Ky. Auditor Adam Edelen briefing on problems in Kentucky school districts

I already mentioned the excellent presentation by Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts to the Interim Joint Education Committee on Monday. Now, KET has posted a video of Adam Edelen’s outstanding October 14, 2013 presentation. Click here to watch that. Edelen’s comments begin at 9 minutes and 56 seconds into the webcast.