Have Kentucky Educators lost their poverty excuse?

We’ve heard excuses for years that Kentucky’s education system suffers a disadvantage in comparison to other states because of higher student poverty rates. Well, that may no longer be true. The latest data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) indicates – believe it or not – that Kentucky’s poverty rates are now essentially…

Hechinger Report asks: “Are we on the verge of a mass Common Core repeal?”

The Hechinger Report from Columbia Teachers College in New York City isn’t exactly a Red State conservative newsletter, but even this journal is asking, “Are we on the verge of a mass Common Core repeal?” Hechinger points out that many state legislatures were taken over by conservatives and Republicans in the recent elections and many…

Council on Postsecondary Education VP says Kentucky must double up efforts to close achievement gaps

Echoing comments we at the Bluegrass Institute have frequently made in regards to K to 12 education, Dr. Aaron Thompson, the executive vice president and chief academic officer for the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, says, “Kentucky must double up efforts to close achievement gaps.” But, Thompson adds new information that the serious and often…

Kentucky state researchers: Don’t use College and Career Readiness Rates as Primary Indicators

Has Common Core implications Backing up reservations we have been talking about for some time, researchers from the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission’s Office of Education Accountability (OEA) made their opinion of Kentucky’s new College and Career Ready (CCR) statistics very clear in their briefing today. This slide (Figure 1) from their Power Point presentation to…

Education Trust backs us up – Kentucky’s Unbridled Learning isn’t getting the gap picture right

Much of the morning in yesterday’s meeting of the Kentucky Board of Education was devoted to discussions of improvements needed in the state’s Unbridled Learning public school accountability program. National experts from the Education Trust told the state board some of the same things that we have been saying in our reports for more than…

Should Kentucky’s Teacher Tribunals go on trial?

The movie “Waiting for Superman” talks about a “Dance of the Lemons,” an unfortunate outcome of the fact that it is virtually impossible to fire bad educators in this country. Sometimes, bad ones are just traded to another school system – solving nothing, of course. Getting bad teachers completely out of the schoolhouse is often impossible.…