New Stanford data points to serious achievement gaps in Louisville

A research team at Stanford University just released a huge report several days ago dealing with “Local education inequities across U.S.” The Stanford team collected testing data and other information on every school district in the nation. Then, using the National Assessment of Educational Progress as a common ruler, the Stanford team says they placed…

Michigan goes for education standards Kentucky should consider, too

It’s no secret that the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are becoming more and more controversial. So, why not adopt an already developed and proven set of state standards that produced the best education performance in the country before CCSS came along? According to the Washington Post’s education reporter, Michigan’s legislators just did that. They…

And, JCPS teachers are fussing about their pay??

This table ranks the average classroom teacher salaries in Kentucky’s 173 school districts. Of Note: the Jefferson County Public Schools teachers get even higher average pay than the enormously funded Anchorage Independent School District provides. Also of note is the enormous pay gap. While JCPS pays an average teacher $61,944, the tiny Augusta school system…

Federal test results for nation’s 12th graders not so hot

(Updated April 28, 2016) New 12th grade results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress for reading and math have just been released, and there isn’t any cheering going on. The cover web page summarizes the results this way: “In comparison to 2013, the national average mathematics score in 2015 for twelfth-grade students was lower…

More on Jefferson County Schools funding level

I wrote two days ago about a local National Public Radio affiliate’s article on public school finances that seems to portray the per pupil funding for Kentucky’s largest public school district, the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) in a questionable way. That first blog used enrollment and spending information from the US Census Bureau’s “Public…