Jefferson County Schools playing games with Kentucky’s scholarship money

The Courier-Journal reports the largest school district in Kentucky now joins several others in watering down its grading system so more kids will get more scholarship money from the taxpayer. Resetting the grading scale so more students will get “A’s” on their report cards does nothing to increase academic rigor in the school system. It…

Kentucky’s governor sounds off about his commitments to education

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin and Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton attended a meeting of the Kentucky Pastors in Action Coalition on December 29, 2015 to express their commitment and support for doing something better for Kentucky’s students, especially those disadvantaged kids found throughout the commonwealth. This video extract from the meeting contains comments from both Governor…

Arthur Levine: Might be better to replace teachers colleges than to try to fix them

Columbia Teachers College in New York City is one of the oldest and best-known teacher preparation institutions in the country. Selection as president there requires some degree of skill and experience, to put it mildly. And, Arthur Levine is a past president at Columbia. More recently, Levine has authored a number of remarkably candid reports…

Innes to talk Common Core at N. KY Chamber’s Eggs ‘N Issues Tuesday

Bluegrass Institute staff education analyst Richard Innes will participate in a Con and Pro discussion about the Common Core State Standards on Tuesday with Brigitte Blom Ramsey, executive director of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. Prichard has been a staunch supporter of Common Core, while the Bluegrass Institute sees many problems with the program,…

Latest on Common Core in Kentucky: college professors report entering college freshmen are not ready

The Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) got a lot of bad news during its meeting on Wednesday, December 9, 2015. This news isn’t just bad for Kentucky. It has rather serious implications for the national Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for math and English language arts, as well. Very simply, scores are flat or in…

Are Kentucky’s KPREP tests starting to inflate – Part 4?

Kentucky has completed its fourth year of testing with the Common Core State Standards aligned Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (KPREP) tests in reading and mathematics. It is time to start asking whether or not Kentucky’s new tests are showing signs of inflation. This post closes out our examination of this important concern with…