CATS fiction continues

Let’s get this clear. There is no CATS accountability program in Kentucky anymore. There hasn’t been one since early 2009. The CATS assessment program was thrown out by Senate Bill 1 during the Kentucky Legislature’s 2009 Regular Legislative Session when legislators realized that CATS and its academic tests were not giving us accurate information about…

New Bluegrass Institute reports on KERA at 20 have implications for pending state assessments

The Bluegrass Institute’s new reports on Kentucky’s 20-year experience with Progressive Education ideas create concerns that two national efforts to create the Common Core State Assessments may already be running into heavy water. These two separate efforts are trying to create assessments of student performance for all the states to evaluate performance against the new…

New NAEP data out

White-Black math gaps getting worse And even national educators don’t depict the situation properly! The National Assessment of Educational Progress just released new data in the web on the testing of the nation’s students in reading and mathematics in 2009. Among other things, the release has this very clear statement from the National Assessment Governing…

Jefferson County educators don’t get it: They operate a lot of very weak schools

I wrote a couple of days ago that educators in Jefferson County are whining and sniveling about finally having to face some accountability for their many very poor performing schools. Sadly, instead of buckling down to figure out how to improve their under-performers, teachers along with Jefferson County superintendent Sheldon Berman are instead trying to…

District to get national and international accreditation is one of Kentucky’s 13 low performers????

Here’s a great education puzzle. The Campbell County Public Schools are about to get accreditation from both AdvancED and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. That will make the district both nationally and internationally recognized. However, just a week ago it was announced that Campbell County is one of the 13 long-time low-performing school…

Retired Ed school prof misses it on charter schools

Retired UK professor Marty Solomon’s claim that “Most charter schools no better, worse than public ones” comes up short. Claiming it is a “most-trusted” report, Solomon repeats an oft-heard partial citation of findings in the Stanford University (CREDO) “Multiple Choice” report on charters. What Solomon conveniently doesn’t tell us about that report is disappointing and…