Kentucky’s education commissioner honored for policy leadership

Kentucky’s Education Commissioner Terry Holliday was recently named the 2014 Policy Leader of the Year by the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE). Certainly, examples like the commissioner’s recent actions in speaking out sharply about federal overreach into the states’ rights area of control over education show that while we at the Bluegrass…

Education commissioner opens season for public comment on Kentucky’s version of the Common Core State Standards

Kentucky was the first state to adopt the Common Core State Standards and the first to implement tests in math and reading that were aligned to those standards. And, those standards have proved increasingly controversial. So, it makes sense that the Kentucky Commissioner of Education has pushed up his original plan to revisit those standards…

Kentucky’s education commissioner: US Department of Education violating state and federal law with rejection of state’s request for more time to implement science standards

In a set of comments that sound like things we have been saying for years at the Bluegrass Institute, the Kentucky School Boards Association reports Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday is exploding about federal intrusion into the state’s management of its education program. The specific trigger, according to the school boards group, is that…

Comments on the Charter School Debate: US Department of Education knows charter schools are public schools

If you have not taken time to read our major charter school debate with UK professors Wayne Lewis and Martin Solomon, you owe it to yourself and Kentucky’s children to take some time to do so. The professors provide a good introduction into the issues of establishing charter schools in Kentucky from the viewpoint of…

Kentucky’s Unbridled Learning School Assessment Program: Can we trust what it’s telling us?

(LEXINGTON, Ky.) – The Bluegrass Institute today releases an important report about Kentucky’s Unbridled Learning school accountability program. “Kentucky’s Unbridled Learning School Assessment Program: Can we trust what it’s telling us about schools?” authored by Bluegrass Institute staff education analyst Richard Innes highlights important performance issues missing from the state’s newest assessment program. The report…