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…

Why I am uncomfortable with trying to tie specific improvements in school quality to increases in Kentucky’s economy

At the outset, I want to make it clear that I think boosting the level of education in Kentucky can reap good economic benefits for the state. For one example, folks in Northern Kentucky tell that robotics-based manufacturers in this part of the state can’t find enough qualified workers. The situation is so serious that…

Jefferson County schools poorly funded?

National Public Radio is starting a series on school funding across the US, and the local affiliate station in Louisville, WFPL, just ran an article titled “Louisville Is Behind The Curve In Public School Funding,” which draws some data from the nationwide series. But, is Louisville (actually the Jefferson County Public School District [JCPS]) really…

The ‘New Education Majority,’ What do they think about US schools?

If you have not been paying attention, the majority enrollment in US public schools has changed. Formerly, whites comprised the majority of enrollment across the nation – but, no longer! Now, children of color make up the majority enrollment in the nation’s public schools, and that makes the opinions shared by parents and families of…