Predicting the Past

– Again There is a great opinion piece by Peter Berger in the April 8th Education Week (subscription may be required). He points out a number of problems with education reform, including that reformers keep on reinventing the same old stuff. Berger’s piece is populated by gems like, …education reformers exploit the refrain “21st century,”…

It’s Going To Take How Long To Fix Kentucky’s College Remedial Course Requirements?!!!

Four days after I posted the new information from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) about Kentucky’s continuing high levels of college remedial requirements, Susan Weston at the Prichard Blog got around to mentioning it. Her take, not surprisingly, is different from mine. She says that “we have progress, but not enough progress.” I…

Will Kentucky’s New Public School Assessments be Driven by the Right Research?

Last week, the Education Week newspaper’s print edition headline story (subscription) dealt with some real surprises. These surprises came from the latest, experimentally-based studies from the US Institute of Education Sciences (IES), which is part of the US Department of Education. Quite simply, once scientific split-sample testing of different education programs is conducted, most of…

Infinite Questions

We’ve been covering the teething problems with the Kentucky Department of Education’s new computer support program for schools (see here, here, here and here) for some time. The first version, known as STI, failed some time ago. The replacement, known as Infinite Campus, has just now become operational in all school districts – more or…