Wanting low standards in Louisville

Jefferson County Board of Education member Linda Duncan is one confused lady. She writes in the Courier-Journal that she is upset because the state’s educators want kids to at least score “Proficient” in math and reading on the state’s assessments. Ms. Duncan mistakenly thinks the level of performance considered “Proficient” as determined by Frankfort is…

Northern Kentucky Chamber: Schools failing to prepare students for jobs of the future

Comments from the lead article in this Sunday’s Business Section of the Kentucky Enquirer are stunning. “Even as the region’s unemployment rate remains stubbornly high, well-paying jobs across Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati have gone unfilled. ‘Employers are telling us that they can’t get the employees they need because the local work force doesn’t have…

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…