Pay attention educators: Misleading the public about school performance has consequences

We’ve written many times in the past about deceptive reporting in Jefferson County’s “Every1Reads” program such as here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and even here, way back in 2008. The issue: the Jefferson County school system – in an attempt to grossly inflate its true performance on teaching students to read…

Kentucky’s white to African-American performance gaps increase in most subjects in 10th grade testing in 2013

One of the more important tests taken by Kentucky’s public school students is the ACT’s PLAN test, which is given to all the state’s 10th grade students. Like the K-PREP test results for math and reading I discussed earlier, the new PLAN results also show African-American students generally falling farther behind whites than they did…

Highly experimental nature of Common Core becomes clearer with call in Education Week for research

Education Week just posted an article titled “Common-Core Rollout Ripe for Studying, Experts Say.” This article makes it quite clear that much of the “stuff” coming with the new Common Core State Standards (and the Next Generation Science Standards) is untested, and research about what will work is badly needed. Concerning Common Core, Pascal D.…

Charter school performance soars when students spend enough time in them to benefit

The Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) research group at Stanford University recently released an update report titled “National Charter School Study 2013,” a continuation of a study they started in 2009. Perhaps the most important finding repeats and enlarges upon a finding in the original study; throughout the country, once students have spent…

Charter school performance getting better over time for students in poverty

Back in 2009, the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) research group at Stanford University caused a huge stir with their report that claimed only a small proportion of charter school students were outperforming their traditional public school counterparts. That was then. CREDO recently released an updated report, “National Charter School Study 2013,” and…

Charter School Successes: BASIS charters outperform in Arizona – and the world!

The National Center for Policy Analysis reports that a BASIS charter school in Tucson scored even higher than students from Shanghai, an Asian education powerhouse, on recent international tests. The National Center says of the BASIS Tucson North school: “The Tucson charter school outscored all 40 countries that administered the 2012 PISA, or Programme for…