Persistently Low-Achieving Schools in Jefferson County share common problems

The Courier-Journal reports that some of the newly identified group of Persistently Low-Achieving Schools in Kentucky share common problems. According to the newspaper, audits of Fairdale, Doss and Seneca High Schools in Jefferson County – three of the six schools from Jefferson County in the 2010 low-achieving schools group – identified common problems: • Classroom…

Highly experienced Jefferson County teachers don’t go to/stay in low-performing schools

New information – not previously available to the public – strongly confirms what many already suspected: because teacher seniority rules assignments in Jefferson County, few experienced teachers are found in the school district’s many low-performing schools. “Analysis of Collective Bargaining Agreements in Kentucky Districts”, a new report from the Kentucky Office of Education Accountability (OEA),…

US has “unimpressive” showing on new international test results

This from “Views on the News” from Teachers College at Columbia University: “The United States made an unimpressive showing on a global comparison of academic achievement among 15-year olds, touching off a fresh round of self-criticism by education reformers, policymakers and pundits, who declared that the results of the Program of International Student Assessment (PISA)…