Why do our schools consistently avoid the most successful teaching approaches – The research problem

When I first started looking at education research back in 1994, I saw all sorts of educators’ claims that they really understood how children learned. It didn’t take long to develop a rather strong, though subjectively based, opinion that there actually seemed to be remarkably little scientifically-based research to support claims about the many education…

Jefferson County’s NAEP performance – some of the rest of the story

On May 8, 2018 the Jefferson County Board of Education heard a briefing about how their district performed on the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) participated in the Trial Urban District Assessment part of the NAEP. The board heard only part of the story, however. The presenters played…

Quote of the Day responding to “Why do our schools consistently avoid the most successful teaching approach of all” blogs

“I agree…..I Remember even before I retired in 2016….when I tried to have students “discover” ….they just looked at me exhausted and said…”just tell us, we want to know what the right answer is…you know more than we do” (the way colleges prepare teachers now I wonder if that’s true …when I had student teachers…

Why do our schools consistently avoid the most successful teaching approach of all – Part 4

I started this series several months ago with “Why do our schools consistently avoid the most successful teaching approach of all?” Today I add the fourth blog to the series, and the inspiration comes, shock of shocks, from the far from conservative The Atlantic, proving once again that education isn’t a liberal or conservative issue.…

Why do our schools consistently avoid the most successful teaching approach of all – Continued

About two and a half months ago, I wrote about “Why do our schools consistently avoid the most successful teaching approach of all?” That blog discussed the mystery behind Kentucky’s public schools consistently avoiding the most successfully researched approach to education, a program called Direct Instruction, which firmly plants teachers as a “Sage on the…

Kentucky’s state education system takeover history

With the conversation elevating over the announcement today that Interim Commissioner of Education Dr. Wayne Lewis is recommending that the state board of education take over the Jefferson County Public School System (JCPS), a little review about another state takeover of a chronically failing school district seems in order. Kentucky took over the Floyd County…

Kentucky’s NAEP black students’ Grade 8 Math state rankings over time

What you probably never heard before A disturbing thing happened over time to Kentucky’s black students in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Grade 8 Math assessments. It’s not a happy story, but it sure is enlightening. Way back in 1990, the NAEP conducted its first ever state assessment. The lone subject evaluated was…

New NAEP shows gaps in Jefferson County Schools not improving, either

Since 2009 the Jefferson County Public School District (JCPS) has participated in the National Assessment of Educational Progress’ (NAEP) Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA). That allows us to look at the white minus black achievement gaps in JCPS with a more established and reliable test than Kentucky’s home-grown KPREP. Here is a quick summary of…