Special education: for boys only?

I’ve been writing over the past few days about a report on Kentucky’s special education programs that was given to the legislature’s Interim Joint Committee on Education on Monday. Until now, my comments have focused on data slides directly discussed in the meeting. However, as I read through the companion report I was absolutely awestruck…

New federal report shows even Mississippi beat us for fourth grade math scores!

The US Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences released a new report today on “Achievement Gaps, How Black and White Students in Public Schools Perform in Mathematics and Reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, Statistical Analysis Report.” The findings are bound to raise eyebrows here. Among the most shocking revelations: while some…

Newspaper: Jefferson County School Board flunking “Transparency 101” — Continued

I wrote yesterday about the Jefferson County School system evaluating their superintendent behind closed doors. I wondered why the board might want to do the evaluation in secret since, per the Courier-Journal, “Berman…thought his evaluation was positive.” So, I did a little digging this morning on the district’s performance on CATS and No Child Left…

Newspaper: Jefferson County School Board flunking “Transparency 101”

Yesterday’s Courier-Journal reports on the continuing confrontation concerning the recent closed door evaluation of Jefferson County Schools superintendent Shelly Berman. The school board says it did nothing wrong and an existing Kentucky Attorney General opinion does not apply. However, the newspaper isn’t buying it and says it will appeal to the Attorney General’s office. According…