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…

State Journal raises important issue about increasing graduation rates: We don’t want diploma mills

The announcement about the slight rise in high school graduation rates in Kentucky is generally good news. However, a thoughtful editorial in the State Journal (Frankfort), “Dropouts and more” (subscription?), raises an important issue – we don’t want diploma awards to increase solely because districts are operating diploma mills. The Journal editorial notes such concerns…

Kentucky Department of Education predicts large drops in state test scores

The chickens will soon come home to roost for Kentucky’s state assessment program, substantiating years of Bluegrass Institute research and comments. We’ve consistently shown you evidence over the years that the scores from the Kentucky Core Content Tests (KCCT) used for CATS accountability were seriously overstating the real performance of the state’s public school students.…