Who’s going to fix deficiencies in new education standards?

It might not be our teachers! A new article from WFPL’s Devin Katayama, “Kentucky Colleges Should Improve Recruitment, Training for Would-Be Teachers, Education Leaders Say,” adds to concerns about claims that deficiencies in the vague and incomplete Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) will all be fixed by Kentucky teachers…

Are Kindergartens ready for kids?

This great question comes from Kentucky Youth Advocates head Terry Brooks. You may need a subscription to read his great post, “Are Kindergarten Classrooms Ready for all Kids?” in Education Week’s blogs. A key Brooks point: “Greatness for…any elementary school must include being ready for those kindergarteners as they walk through the door just as…

Pioneer Institute: “College- And Career-Ready” National Math Standards Prepare Students For Only Non-Selective Colleges

High school graduates won’t be prepared to pursue four-year degrees in science, technology, engineering, or math (From Pioneer’s Press Release) BOSTON – National mathematics standards adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia that supporters say are designed to make high school graduates “college- and career-ready” and improve the critical science, technology, engineering and…

Education Week’s “Take” on Kentucky’s latest CCSS-aligned reading and math test results

Education Week picked up the story on the new results from Kentucky’s Common Core State Standards (CCSS) aligned K-PREP math and reading tests. Kentucky’s progress is being closely watched around the country because we are the first state to start testing with Common Core aligned assessments. EdWeek points out that there have been small score…

Kentucky’s Common Core testing in 2013 shows minority gaps increasing, AMOs missed – Math

I wrote yesterday about the new results from Kentucky’s Common Core State Standards based reading assessment. Now, let’s look at similar results for mathematics. This first graph shows the percentages of white and African-American students who scored “Proficient” or more on Kentucky’s new CCSS-aligned Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) math tests. The data…

Kentucky’s Common Core testing in 2013 shows minority gaps increasing, AMOs missed – Reading

UPDATED FOR CHANGED DATA FROM KDE! The new test scores from Kentucky’s Common Core State Standards (CCSS) aligned tests in reading and mathematics were released on Friday, and I have started to look at the proficiency rate data for white and black students. The results are troubling. This first graph shows the percentages of white…