Kentucky’s true achievement gap problem: Part 1, NAEP nastiness

Kentucky’s public education system continues to face a number of problems, but one of the most serious issues involves its chronic white-minus-black achievement gaps. It wasn’t supposed to be like this. In the early days following the passage of the Kentucky Education Reform Act of 1990 (KERA), Kentuckians were told: “All children can learn at…

More reasons why Kentucky’s science standards should also be reviewed, right now

More reasons why Kentucky’s science standards should also be reviewed, right now As we pointed out some time ago, Kentucky’s Common Core State Standards areas of math and English Language Arts are currently undergoing a review that will last until April 30, 2015. Unfortunately, Kentucky’s new science standards, which are basically just a repackaging of…

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…