New high school graduation study provides still more evidence: Minimum Age 18 for dropping out does not matter

A new study from the America’s Promise Alliance and several other organizations discusses states that were leaders and laggards in high school graduation rate trends between 2002 and 2009. The report’s listing of those leaders and laggards is interesting. This first table shows data for the states that America’s Promise say had the biggest high…

Kentucky shows improvement recently in high school graduation rates

WFPL and others are reporting about a new study from America’s Promise Alliance and several other organizations released Monday on education performance around the country. The study shows that Kentucky and 11 other states contributed significantly to the overall increase in the national average high school graduation rate between 2002 and 2009. WFPL says Kentucky’s…

Thank you, SCAAC!

Most of you are probably wondering, “What in the world is SCAAC?” That’s not surprising. This little-known education committee, composed of volunteers, was officially titled the “School Curriculum, Assessment and Accountability Council” when it was created by legislative act in 1998. Most people just refer to the council by its initials. Pronounced, the abbreviation rhymes…

NAEP Exclusion Rates: What Prichard didn’t say – Part 2

The Prichard Committee’s Blog weighed in on March 11, 2012 about Kentucky’s nation-leading levels of exclusion of students with learning disabilities in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading assessments. Sadly, Prichard’s blog glossed over the exclusion problem, claiming, “Kentucky’s recent record of relative NAEP success does not, in fact, evaporate when exclusion rates…

NAEP Exclusion Rates: What Prichard didn’t say – Part 1

On Sunday, March 11, 2012, the Prichard Committee’s Blog weighed in about Kentucky’s nation-leading exclusion of students with learning disabilities in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading assessments. Unfortunately, Prichard’s blog glossed over the exclusion problem, claiming, “Kentucky’s recent record of relative NAEP success does not, in fact, evaporate when exclusion rates are…

Operation Preparation kicks off in Kentucky schools today

It’s a chance for members of the community to get involved with motivating eighth and tenth grade students towards college and careers. Under Operation Preparation, specially trained adults in participating school districts (see map) discuss the following with students: • Career aspirations, required education/training and workforce skills • Whether the student is on target to…