Overstating Kentucky’s education progress — again

During Monday’s Kentucky Board of Education meeting about charter schools, one presenter again pushed the idea that Kentucky has made great progress on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) since KERA began in 1990. But, the picture that got painted, which only referenced overall average NAEP scores, was incomplete and misleading. When you only…

State school board to consider charter school proposal

It’s an unfortunate truth for Kentucky: despite more than a quarter of a century of aggressive education reform, achievement gaps continue to be a major problem. The situation is so dramatic that even a most enthusiastic cheerleader for traditional public education, the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, now candidly admits: “…far too many Kentucky students…

Prichard Committee now using our Effective High School Graduation Rate

In their new report, “2016 Statewide Results: An Excellence with Equity Report,” the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence now recognizes the value of a high school performance metric we introduced over a year ago. The Bluegrass Institute’s “Effective High School Graduation Rate,” has real value for helping to determine the performance of education systems in…

Heather Huddleston on school choice

Heather Huddleston knows an important story, and she knows it better than almost anyone else in Kentucky. As the executive director of School Choice Scholarships, Heather works with kids the traditional public school system in Louisville just doesn’t serve well. Heather helps these kids get needs-based scholarships to attend private schools where these students regularly…

New report adds more evidence that Kentucky’s poor students get treated differently

On October 18, 2016 the Kentucky Office of Education Accountability (OEA) presented an important report about achievement gaps in Kentucky’s schools. Normally, it takes the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission many months after a report is approved before it appears in final, edited version in their web site, and the next legislative session will likely be…

Charter Schools aren’t the only place adults make off with money meant for kids

Former Shelby County Public Schools payroll manager gets 18 years for swiping $600,000 One of the complaints we hear from opponents of charter schools regards corrupt finances. There has been fiscal misbehavior in a few charter schools. However, the traditional public school system in Kentucky is far from trouble free in this area. Unfortunately, Kentucky’s…