Why we need teacher incentive pay

Especially in Jefferson County If you don’t pay them, they won’t come. That’s the problem highlighted by this Courier-Journal article. Teachers in Jefferson County don’t want to go to some of the school district’s six troubled schools that were recently identified among Kentucky’s 10 Persistently Low-Achieving Schools. After all, given the school district’s highly restrictive…

Fern Creek principal continues denials

The Courier-Journal attached a short video interview with the principal of Fern Creek High School in Louisville to a recent on-line article about Louisville’s six schools that have been identified as some of Kentucky’s Persistently Low-Achieving Schools. The principal started right off denying that his school was “failing,” implying the audit labeled the school this…

Prichard’s comments about Jefferson County NAEP scores are off target

Just when it looked like the Prichard Committee was “getting it” about Jefferson County Public Schools, they just posted comments in their blog about the new National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading scores from a special run known as “The Trial Urban District Assessment” (TUDA). Only, Prichard just blindly compared Jefferson County’s overall scores…

New federal test results show Jefferson County whites lag in reading

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 2009 Trial Urban District Assessment for Reading results released this morning, and I have been going through the “Report Card” (NCES 2010-459) of the results. Here is how the district’s fourth grade whites and blacks compared for reading proficiency (percent of students scoring at or above “Proficient” on…