Remarkable dropout rate improvement in Dayton: charter schools played a role

Last Saturday, “Northern Kentucky’s Promise” sponsored a conference in Covington on reducing dropouts in our public schools. While there were a number of interesting presentations and discussions, one discussion that really stood out in my mind came from Michael Carter, the Interim Senior Vice President of Sinclair Community College, which is in Dayton, Ohio. Mr.…

Advance Kentucky schools pace state and nation for AP course performance

Once again, the Advance Kentucky program to improve Advanced Placement (AP) course participation and performance in Kentucky’s high schools has produced some really impressive results. This program, which I have written about before, features many innovations such as very careful and thorough training of AP teachers along with merit pay for those teachers and rewards…

E-Learning produces first graduate for Hopkins County Schools Academy

Several weeks ago, the Bluegrass Institute released my new report, “Virtual schooling in Kentucky: Great promise with challenges,” about virtual learning systems in Kentucky. It focused on the Kentucky Virtual High School system which serves both advanced students who want to take Advanced Placement courses and those students who have fallen behind and need special…

How does Kentucky’s top-performing magnet high school compare to New Orleans’ top performing CHARTER magnet school?

Answer: Not well There is no question that the DuPont Manual High School in Louisville is Kentucky’s top performing school on the ACT college entrance test. Year after year, Manual’s kids have achieved the very best ACT Composite Score in Kentucky. That’s not so surprising, considering this highly selective magnet school pretty much gets to…

Troops to teachers with gusto

Not here! In California It’s no secret that former members of the US military can make outstanding teachers. After all, when the military isn’t fighting, it’s educating and training. Troops get exposed to some really creative instructional techniques that involve things like technology and higher order thinking skills (essential for battlefield survival) that our schools…