Kentucky’s education commissioner explains the new accountability system

Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday provides a brief but interesting overview of Kentucky’s new public school assessment and accountability program in this Ledger-Independent article. What remains to be seen is how well Kentucky’s new assessment and accountability program follows through on reducing the achievement gaps that have continued to plague the state for decades.…

Charter schools edge ahead of traditional public schools in federal math testing – Part 1

Information about charter school performance from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is sketchy and inconclusive. An important part of the problem is that the NAEP student sample sizes for charter schools have been rather small, which creates a lot of measurement error in NAEP charter school scores. The large measurement error in turn…

Education Commissioner admits increase in health care benefits unsustainable

Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday has some sobering comments about how increasing health care costs for state employees and retirees are unsustainable. In his discussion of the ballooning costs, Holliday simply declares: “The current path is not sustainable.” Holliday candidly admits this is “well above my pay grade” to solve, but his department and…