‘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.

Jefferson County Schools’ potential misdirection of millions in state funding coming under scrutiny

WDRB in Louisville broke a major story yesterday, raising questions about how money supplied by the state legislature for what was supposed to be a reading support program in Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) got diverted to pay nurses’ salaries instead. At issue: possible misappropriation of state funds Reaction from the new administration in Frankfort…

Too much ‘politics’ in some Kentucky legislators’ ‘understanding’ of the state’s actual education performance

This past week has provided a number of disturbing examples recently that a number of state lawmakers legislators don’t have a good grasp on the data about Kentucky’s public school performance. The real picture is certainly different from what some pols would have us believe. House Education Chairman Derrick Graham, D-Frankfort, sounded off in a…

Kentucky’s high school graduation rates are misleading

Too many graduates not ready for college or careers Too many not proficient in Algebra II even though it’s supposedly a graduation requirement Too many poorly informed people in Kentucky are crowing about the state’s very large high school graduation rate numbers. Either a lot of folks, including legislators who work on education, just don’t…