Education Commissioner to Legislature: Don’t cave into adult interests with school reform

It’s sad. Unmotivated adults in Kentucky’s public school system are using the state’s economic situation as a smoke screen in an attempt to undermine implementation of Senate Bill 1 from the 2009 Regular Legislative Session (SB-1). The situation is apparently so bad, and so misrepresented, that Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday has found it…

More KERA math?

The Herald-Leader ran a short article yesterday, “Education Week magazine gives Ky. a ‘C’” that offers interesting insight. The article says that in 2008 Kentucky ranked 33rd in Education Week’s ranking of state education systems and slipped to 34th this year. Then, the article continues, “Susan Weston, an analyst for Kentucky’s Prichard Committee for Academic…

Prichard still doesn’t get it about state comparisons with federal tests

Prichard blithely ignores sampling errors in federal testing I guess the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence will never get it – you cannot do simplistic state to state rankings with the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). There is too much sampling error in those federal scores. Prichard has been jumping on the mathematically challenged…