Cheating on School Tests in Kentucky: Did some schools cheat on the KCCT?

Was there cheating on the Kentucky Core Content Tests (KCCT)? I wrote a few days ago about a new report, “Kentucky State Testing for Education Accountability: An Examination of Security-related Threats to Making Valid Inferences and Suggested Best Practices” from the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission (LRC). This report examines the current situation with testing security…

Serving military kids in our schools

Let’s put some action behind the words I found it somewhat ironic that Commissioner of Education Terry Holiday’s most recent blog discusses schools supporting our military families. Certainly, it is important for our schools to help military dependent children who move into Kentucky. A military child’s life is often disrupted by sudden move and by…

Reading war re-igniting?

Maybe there never was more than an uneasy cease fire Education Week reports (subscription?) that activities to implement the Common Core State Standards in actual classrooms are re-igniting the long simmering war over how to teach reading. At issue: a reading instructional technique called “Pre-Reading.” This involves classroom activities to get students ready for reading.…

Scoring student papers with a computer?

An interesting article from Education Week (subscription required?) says, “Study Supports Essay-Grading Technology.” Can computers really do this? Can machines to this better than humans? Any decent word processor today includes things like grammar and spelling check tools, which are important mechanics in any good paper. But, those tools don’t evaluate whether the meaning conveyed…