Closing a school, but turning it into a charter school would be much better

The Courier-Journal reports that the Jefferson County Board of Education has thrown in the towel on trying to fix the endemically troubled Myers Middle School. Essentially, Myers is going to be closed. Scheduled incoming sixth grade students this fall instead will enter a number of other schools. Myers current sixth and seventh graders, who will…

Continuing Update – ACT follows Kentucky’s lead and outlaws use of smart calculators on COMPASS tests

In a growing story, the ACT, Inc. has told the Herald-Leader that it will now outlaw use of calculators augmented with algebra software on the COMPASS college-readiness test. This provides further evidence of an assertion from Northern Kentucky University professor Steve Newman that the use of such calculators was inflating student scores. The new move…

Kentucky’s Unbridled Learning school accountability program not getting its message right????

I’ve been slowly collecting examples of how Kentucky’s Unbridled Learning school accountability program may not be getting the message right. Some of the early indications are found in the Bluegrass Institute’s “Blacks Still Falling Through Gaps, the 2012 Update,” where I point to several schools that got Unbridled Learning’s top award of “School of Distinction”…

School system upset with pending federally sponsored Common Core test

The US Department of Education is spending well over $300 million on two competing test programs to assess student performance against the Common Core State Standards. One of those testing programs is being developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC). The other one is from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and…

Update – Ky. Dept. of Ed. outlaws certain calculators on test used in Unbridled Learning

Could inflate Kentucky’s College and Career Ready rates Taking a responsible action, the Kentucky Department of Education has determined that the use of smart calculators on the COMPASS test from the ACT, Inc., could inflate scores and has now outlawed use of those calculators for testing. The findings could impact the state’s reported College and…

US Secretary of Education yanks Washington State’s NCLB waiver

Huge states’ rights fight looming? Fred Hess at the American Enterprise Institute reports: Showing the taste for power that has led Sen. Lamar Alexander to accuse him of thinking he runs a national school board, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today yanked Washington State’s “waiver” from the No Child Left Behind Act. In his letter,…

In the latest Kentucky public school example of kids-are-just-a-bounty mentality, the Pulaski County Public Schools just ended a long-standing student transfer agreement with the better performing Science Hill Independent School District. A quick look at the latest EXPLORE test results shows why Pulaski County was losing students – Science Hill is definitely doing a better…