Holliday selected as new Kentucky Commissioner of Education

The Kentucky Department of Education announces that, “Terry Holliday, superintendent of the Iredell-Statesville school district in Statesville, North Carolina, has been selected as Kentucky’s fifth commissioner of education.” Holliday brings some impressive accomplishments to the job. Under his tenure, his district won the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. These awards recognize companies, organizations, businesses…

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…