Stop Press! Commissioner search meeting now will be mostly open to public!

BIPPS questions apparently caused reflection I wrote yesterday about a problematic announcement of a short-notice meeting of the Kentucky Board of Education to evaluate and select a search firm to help find the next Kentucky Commissioner of Education. I listed a number of concerns including the fact that several of the events on the agenda…

Bluegrass Beacon: Common Core wrongly ignores higher-level courses

There’s been a lot of discussion about how the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are moving Kentucky education forward. However, while both standards seem somewhat better than the former, highly inadequate Commonwealth Accountability Testing System (CATS), I don’t think students across the Bluegrass State are getting everything lawmakers intended…

Hechinger Reports: Are the Common Core tests turning out to be a big success or a resounding failure?

Hechinger isn’t exactly a conservative operation (HQ at Columbia Teachers College in New York City), but they are increasingly raising questions about the viability of the Common Core. In their latest post, “Are the Common Core tests turning out to be a big success or a resounding failure?” this education news crew says: “Last week,…

Kentucky’s teachers union falling out of alignment with own national union members

A New York Times article says it plainly. While teachers’ unions across the country are starting to align with parents and conservatives to fight what they say is excessive testing in schools, the Times writes: “In Kentucky, where the education commissioner has said parents do not have the right to opt their children out of…