More on the quality control problems with Kentucky’s high school diplomas – Part 3

If it did nothing else, a recently released, rather disappointing report about For All Kids, How Kentucky is Closing the High School Graduation Gap for Low-Income Students did focus attention on how Kentucky’s low-income students are faring. So, for Part 3 of our blogs about the problems with Kentucky’s high school diplomas in 2016, let’s…

Recent urban district study shows many charter schools outperform

Last year the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University published a report on the way charter schools perform for inner city students in some of the nation’s major urban areas. In its “Urban Charter School Study, March 2015” report, CREDO provides two graphs that show the relative performance of those urban…

Kentucky’s high school diploma quality control problems continue in 2016 – Part 2

I’ve been writing about obvious quality control problems with the award of high school diplomas in Kentucky for several years. Now, I am updating that work with results from the 2016 Unbridled Learning reports, and the situation remains very serious. I opened this blog series yesterday with comments about how Kentucky’s official high school graduation…

Kentucky’s high school diploma quality control problems continue in 2016 – Part 1

I’ve been writing about obvious quality control problems with the award of high school diplomas in Kentucky for several years. Now, I am updating that work with results from the 2016 Unbridled Learning reports, and the situation remains very serious. Quite simply, there continues to be extensive evidence that Kentucky schools are handing out a…

KY Ed. Secretary lays it out for state board of education

“Kentucky’s Achievement Gaps: Our Collective Failure” In one of the most remarkable addresses ever from a Kentucky Secretary of Education to the Kentucky Board of Education, Secretary Hal Heiner made it crystal clear that after a quarter of a century of education reform: • “Kentucky’s gaps between the academic performance of Black and White students…

Unbridled Learning’s Writing Program Reviews still inflated

One of the major credibility issues with Kentucky’s Unbridled Learning school accountability system has been the obvious inflation in the Program Reviews. Program Reviews are self-scored by the staff in each school, which naturally sets up a chance for human nature to inflate scores. So far, that has been exactly what seems to be happening,…

Charter school myth exposed in Massachusetts

One of the myths we hear from opponents of charter schools is that these schools of choice disproportionately take money away from traditional public schools. Up in Massachusetts, the Boston Globe says a new report from the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation shows that just isn’t so. The report summarizes: “Examination of school funding trends in districts…