No Need to Worry Here?

It looks like there’s been some pretty blatant cheating on New York’s high stakes public school testing. Can Kentuckians breathe easy? I doubt there has ever been a rigorous check in Kentucky to see if all the test prep materials our kids get exposed to before CATS testing have any similar problems. The Kentucky Department…

Please, No “Erwin 2”

The Courier-Journal reports that the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) is hiring a new search firm to help find a new council head. The search contract’s costs could run more than three times what the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) paid a search firm for the aborted Barbara Erwin mess last year. Hopefully, the…

Scores Up in DC Public Schools

The Washington Post does not want to give vouchers or charter schools any credit for this, but public school scores in the Washington, DC area are up. Whether this is real improvement or just test score manipulation such as we exposed in Kentucky’s CATS system remains to be seen. However, it certainly doesn’t refute the…

What Tests Do College Presidents and Public School Principals Like?

Some interesting comments were made in yesterday’s Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee meeting in Frankfort. Dr. Wayne Andrews, the president of Morehead State University, discussed the inadequate preparation of many Morehead freshmen. He said about 40 percent of each new class requires remediation in at least one subject, usually math. To combat this problem, Morehead…