Not Really News – Northern Kentucky Urban Kids Not Ready for College

– But, there is some help The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that astonishingly small numbers of students from the inner city “core,” including Covington and Newport, Kentucky, are ready for college. Only 11 percent of urban “core” kids tested out of remedial requirements at Northern Kentucky’s Gateway Community and Technical College. The good news for those…

Educators Aim at Own Foot

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that while our CATS assessments are officially dead, a group of die-hard CATS fans are going to publish their own CATS-like rating of our schools. Let’s talk about how silly that is. Our legislators took a hard look at things like our high college remediation rates and poor performance on federal…

Which NAEP Achievement Level Is an Appropriate Target for No Child Left Behind?

A great deal has been written lately about whether the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) achievement level score of “Basic” is a better target of comparison for state definitions of NCLB “Proficiency” than the NAEP’s own “Proficient” score. In fact, one of our anonymous readers has been asserting that “Basic” represents a better target…