Where did he get that idea?

Education Week’s Politics K-12 Blog picked up on President Obama’s claim in his State of the Union message that raising the minimum high school dropout age to 18 increases high school graduation. I don’t know where the president got that notion, but my very straightforward analysis of graduation rates in states that have had age…

Group contends Kentucky’s NCLB waiver proposal would undermine high school grad rates

Education Week’s “Curriculum Matters Blog” ran an article as I was leaving for a conference last week about “NCLB Waivers Could Undermine Graduation Rates, Group Contends.” The Alliance for Excellent Education in Washington, DC claims that if the graduation rate requirement in NCLB is set aside, that Kentucky’s own graduation rate accountability plan would only…

Florida cries foul over high NAEP exclusion rates in other states (Like Kentucky)

Wants scores in high exclusion states suppressed Add Florida’s Commissioner of Education to the growing list of those crying foul (such as discussed here for learning disabled students and here for students still learning English) over high exclusion rates of students with learning disabilities from the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Kentucky led the nation…

First International School Choice/Reform Conference loaded with information

The First International School Choice/Reform Conference brought together some of the leading researchers in school choice and reform issues along with a number of other individuals who are involved with the struggle to improve schools across the country. I presented a paper about pitfalls to interpreting the National Assessment of Educational Progress, which was very…

BIPPS’ Richard Innes to speak at first international school choice conference

Richard Innes, staff education analyst at the Bluegrass Institute, presents a paper on pitfalls in interpreting the National Assessment of Educational Progress at the first international school choice and reform conference tomorrow. This conference brings together education researchers from around the world who are working in the area of choice for K to 12 school…