Courier: JCPS restrained thousands of kids, but didn’t report it

The Courier-Journal is reporting that the Jefferson County Public School District (JCPS) very seriously under-reported the number of incidents where students were restrained or secluded in its schools last year. The Courier says this data is required to be reported by state regulation. Making things more uncomfortable, the article says that the Kentucky Department of…

Jefferson County School District worried about middle school performance

They need to be worried The Courier-Journal reports that the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) board of education is conducting meetings today with a goal of doing something better for the district’s many troubled middle schools. Another article linked out of this current one reminded me that the JCPS board had voted to close the…

Jefferson County Schools’ achievement gap problems: Grade 8 KPREP Versus EXPLORE

As I wrote yesterday, it wasn’t long after the Bluegrass Institute released our new report on “Blacks Continue Falling Through the Gaps in Louisville’s Schools, the 2016 Update” before the Jefferson County Public School District (JCPS) honored us with a response. In fact, the JCPS Response came out only a few hours after our report…

Jefferson County Schools’ achievement gap problems show in KPREP, too

It wasn’t long after the Bluegrass Institute released our new report on “Blacks Continue Falling Through the Gaps in Louisville’s Schools, the 2016 Update” before the Jefferson County Public School District (JCPS) honored us with a response. In fact, the JCPS Response came out only a few hours after our report release news conference ended…

‘JCPS bus problems underreported, review shows’

The above is the headline in the Louisville Courier-Journal’s recent article reporting on the latest developments in the school-busing mess in the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS). It’s hard to determine the seriousness of problems if important data isn’t included in the records that supervisors use to evaluate them. Apparently, as C-J reporter Allison Ross discovered, a whole…

School choice in Kentucky’s largest school district? Not so much, really

Check out these comments about “school choice” availability in the Jefferson County Public School District (JCPS): “The current choice system is far from perfect. Many families don’t get their first choice, and about 20% don’t get either first or second choice. Family logistics and the student assignment plan mean that many families must choose based…

Confusing bill would destroy common state assessments in Kentucky

A very strange bill is actually working its way through the legislature. It has already cleared the Kentucky House and currently is in the Kentucky Senate’s Education Committee. House Bill 92 could allow a waiver or modification of the statewide assessment system for schools participating in a district of innovation plan. The bill would also…

New study: teaching changing under Common Core but student results not evident

Education Week reports that a new study from the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University shows Common Core State Standards are definitely driving changes in the way teachers teach, but results for students remain “elusive.” In other words, there isn’t evidence so far that all these classroom changes make a difference for students.