Brookings Institution: Vouchers improve college going for African-Americans

A new report from the Brookings Institution indicates that vouchers in New York City that allowed African-Americans to attend private schools resulted in increased college attendance at more upscale schools. The study found: “…that using a voucher to attend private school increased the overall college enrollment rate among African Americans by 24 percent.” Interestingly, vouchers…

Fighting over how to test students with learning disabilities spills out of Kentucky to the federal arena

The current fight in Kentucky about trying to get a handle on the apparently excessive number of students with learning disabilities who get reading tests read to them has now spilled over into the federal arena. Education Week reports that there is a dispute between two agencies that control the federal National Assessment of Educational…

Is Kentucky handing out ‘hollow’ diplomas?

Non-readers are getting regular high school diplomas A disturbing issue inadvertently came to light during a contentious August 14, 2012 meeting of the Kentucky Legislature’s Education Assessment and Accountability Review Subcommittee (EAARS). The news spilled out during a sharp discussion about a regulation that would end reading of the state’s reading assessment to many students…