How Kentucky’s dominant racial group compares against their counterparts on the 2015 ACT

Now that I have explained why you have to break the ACT data out by race before you start ranking against other states, let’s look at how Kentucky’s white high school graduates of 2015 (includes all school types: public, private and home school combined) stack up against whites in other states that tested all their…

ACT’s verdict on the real college readiness rate for Kentucky’s students

We’ve heard a lot of “stuff” about Kentucky’s supposedly wonderful college readiness rates over the past few years since Common Core came along. For example, last year the Kentucky statewide school report card (access from here) claimed the overall College and/or Career readiness rate was 62.5 percent, a figure Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday…

New Poll: Parents across country don’t like Common Core, BUT they do like school choice

The 47 Annual Phi Delta Kappan/Gallup poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools is out, and it shows very low parent support for Common Core State Standards exists across the country. The report specifically states: “A majority of public school parents oppose having teachers in their community use the Common Core State Standards…

Are expensive, time-consuming written answer tests really necessary?

The liberal gang running Kentucky’s public education system in Frankfort have been in love with expensive and relatively unreliable written answer test question formats since the very earliest days of the Kentucky Education Reform Act of 1990. Countless times Kentuckians have been told that the only way to assess students’ higher order thinking ability is…

More bad news about the nation’s leading preschool program

Hechinger’s Reports, not exactly a conservative group, recently released “Federal report finds scant scientific evidence for effectiveness of Head Start programs” concerning the disturbing news that yet another report on the federal Head Start preschool program has been released, this one from the technically oriented What Works Clearinghouse (WWC), which analyzes reports on education for…

Legislator opposed to charter schools hears the facts

Kentucky State Representative Derrick Graham (D – Frankfort) is no fan of charter schools. As the chair of the House Education Committee, he has steadfastly blocked charter school legislation even though these public school choice options are producing significant results elsewhere. In this audio recording from the August 10, 2015 meeting of the Kentucky Legislature’s…

Do Kentuckians really overwhelmingly support the Common Core State Standards – Part 2

State board member scores Novice for understanding of random sample surveying Sadly, the fiction level around the Kentucky Core Academic Standards Challenge ratcheted up again on July 21, 2015 when the Courier-Journal published an Op-Ed from the vice chair of the Kentucky Board of Education, Jay Parrent. Parrent’s Op-Ed proclaims “4,000 comments on standards show…