Federal testing – Trouble in River City

Jefferson County math scores on federal testing look problematic New scores for major urban school districts from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) were released today, and it looks like more trouble for Louisville and Jefferson County. I put this first table together using the NAEP Data Explorer statistical significance test tools. It shows…

Unbridled Learning and Priority (Persistently Low-Achieving) School Performance

There is considerable interest in the performance of Kentucky’s “Priority Schools” under the state’s new school accountability program called Unbridled Learning. These schools were originally designated “Persistently Low-Achieving Schools” based on their absolutely bottom in the state CATS testing results in reading and math before Unbridled Learning took over in the 2011-12 school term. Because…

Education Week: Analysis of big federal grant program for lowest-performing schools sends mixed signals

About 1/3 of the schools getting massive federal funding didn’t improve Conversion to charter schools outperformed other models Several years ago, the US Department of Education started the massively funded “School Improvement Grant” or SIG program to identify and improve what came to be known as the nation’s “Persistently Low Achieving Schools” (recently renamed “Priority…

Education Week: Kentucky, some other states still have high exclusion on federal tests

Corrupts validity of reading results Even though Kentucky notably improved its exclusion rate for students with learning disabilities from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading assessments in 2013, a new report from Education Week points out that the Bluegrass State still excludes far more of these special students than is typical across the…

Brookings Institution report: Kentucky lags in engineering, technical talent

A new report from the respected Brookings Institution focuses on economic well-being related to manufacturing growth potential in the Bluegrass region, specifically the “Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement,” or BEAM region. This region includes counties in Indiana near Louisville along with Jefferson County and its surrounding counties and other counties running east to Lexington. In “Seizing…

More Cracks in the Core: Massachusetts Halts Common Core Implementation

Heritage Foundation’s blog is reporting the Massachusetts Board of Education “decided to delay implementation (of the Common Core State Standards) for two years while it compares the Common Core aligned Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests to their existing—and widely praised—Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) exam.” Massachusetts’ former standards and…