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.

Ky. Auditor – Audits point to lack of accountability in some Ky. school districts

Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts Adam Edelen made an outstanding presentation to the Kentucky Legislature’s Interim Joint Committee on Education yesterday, and WYMT TV picked up on the story here. The auditor overviewed the disturbing results of 14 education-related audits that his office has recently performed in various local Kentucky school districts. One of the…

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.…