NY superintendent understands testing games

Voorheesville Central School District superintendent Dr. Teresa Thayer Snyder knows test gaming well. Writing about the new Common Core State Standards aligned test results in New York, she says: “…test developers control the scaled scores—indeed they have developed a draconian statistical formula that is elaborate, if indecipherable, to determine scaled scores. I would bet my…

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Albert Einstein Sadly, this comment from one of this country’s most noted scientists is most appropriate to the latest action by the Kentucky Board of Education concerning the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). With no dissention, the board reaffirmed its support today for the NGSS, an action that now sends these clearly inadequate standards on…

State Board could make science standards right

Or will Kentucky abandon science education beyond the 10th grade? As climate and evolution arguments swirl around Kentucky’s adoption of the new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), some very important, far more basic issues are being totally overlooked. Essentially, the new NGSS cut off science at the 10th grade level. While NextGen Science does include…

Senators Paul and McConnell on School Choice: Part of the Solution to Our Broken Education System

In a major release, Kentucky’s US Senators Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell take a strong and informed position in support of expanded school choice options for parents and students as an effective way to improve the nation’s chronically under-performing public school system. Some of the senators’ points: • “All children, no matter who they are…