Teacher retirement system under-performed other retiree plan in Kentucky

An important Herald-Leader article on the problems with our under-funded public employee retirement programs indicates that investment returns for the Kentucky Teacher Retirement System (KTRS) under-performed investments made by the Kentucky Retirement Systems, which cover other state and local workers. Per the article, the Teacher Retirement System produced only a 4.8 percent return on investments…

“Our NAEP scores are in question”

It came up during today’s Kentucky Board of Education meeting in a discussion about extra help, called testing accommodations, given to students with learning disabilities. Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday pointed out something I have been saying since 1999 – Kentucky’s testing policies for learning disabled students impact the validity of the state’s reading…

Kentucky Commissioner of Education to join federal testing oversight board

The National Assessment Governing Board has announced that Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday will join the board in October. NAGB, as it is often called from its initials, oversees policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a very important set of federally administered tests. Dr. Holliday’s excellent background and strong commitment to data…