New Kentucky Testing Scores – Looks like trouble for Common Core and a lot more

The 2016-17 Kentucky School Report Cards were released early today, and my first impression is that the results don’t look good. To begin, here is a quick overview of the trend in combined math and reading proficiency rate results by school level based on target goals and actual proficiency rates achieved. On this table, the…

Update on what US Census shows about changes in education funding in Kentucky since KERA began – 2017

Out in the Twitter world I was recently challenged about Kentucky throwing more money at the education system since KERA began, so I thought an update on exactly how much education funding has increased in Kentucky would be worth adding to the blog. One of the better, long-running sources of state education funding data is…

How’s That???!!! Majority of Kentucky’s students are officially truants!!!! – Part 2

We wrote back in August about disturbing findings from a new report by the Kentucky Office of Educational Accountability (OEA) concerning “School Attendance in Kentucky.” Now, the Herald-Leader just released a nice report with maps and tables that provides more information about this mess. It is well worth your read.

How’s that? With SBDMs Kentucky doesn’t really have any public schools?

Definitions from an Ed School prof makes it seem so A recent Education Week article by Professor Sarah M. Stitzlein from the University of Cincinnati just caught my attention. Stitzlein talks about “five responsibilities schools must meet to truly be called ‘public’.” Her third criterion is: “They should be responsive to the public, enabling community…

New ACT results show Common Core not meeting promises to many Kentucky’s students

New reports came out last week on the performance of 2017’s high school graduates across the country on the ACT college entrance test. A lot of folks are especially interested in the results for Kentucky because Common Core has been in place in the Bluegrass State longer than anywhere else. Thus, Kentucky has the longest…

How did Kentucky’s non-public school students do on the ACT in 2017?

The Bluegrass Institute is frequently asked about the performance of various non-public school students such as those going to private and parochial schools and those schooled at home. Unfortunately, that information is not directly available. However, many years ago I realized that I could compute scores for the state’s non-public school graduates using scores and…

ACT scores are out – Kentucky’s public school gaps also are problem

As I wrote earlier today, new ACT reports for the high school graduating class of 2017 are now publicly released. There should be a lot of interest because this is the seventh year after Kentucky adopted the Common Core State Standards, which were supposed to dramatically improve college preparation. Certainly, progress towards college readiness seems…