InBloom, Gates’ student-data-in-the-Cloud program, fails, shutting down

The New York Times reports that the InBloom Student Data Repository created several years ago with $100 million in seed money from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has run into fierce opposition in places like Louisiana, New York and Colorado from parents and others concerned about student data privacy. Opposition has become so fierce…

Education Week: ‘Prominent Ed-Tech Players’ Data-Privacy Policies Attract Scrutiny’

In a lengthy article, Education Week shares growing concerns that student data security and sharing is highly problematic. The newspaper asked two data security experts to look at policies for three leading student data suppliers, and the findings were certainly disturbing. Some issues include: • Use of tracking and surveillance technologies that allow third parties…

Who is watching all those education tax dollars?

Kentucky auditor says, “School finance officers across Kentucky may lack skills for their jobs” A new report from a new news agency, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting (KYCIR), says Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts Adam Edelen says there are serious qualification short-comings in many finance officers in Kentucky’s public school districts. A study recently…

Bluegrass Institute’s and the education commissioner’s current thinking on education standards

BIPPS staffers have been speaking around the state about our observations on the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards and thought it was time to pull some overall thoughts together for our blog readers. You can find our full statement on education standards including the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and…

Uncertain changes coming to Kentucky’s testing program

Essential changes are coming to Kentucky’s public school assessment and accountability program. A mandatory need for changes to Kentucky’s assessment program and its Unbridled Learning school accountability program is being precipitated by an announcement from the ACT, Inc., that the organization’s EXPLORE and PLAN tests will be discontinued in 2015. Thus, Kentucky can count on…

Hensley recognized for education performance with Grissom Award

The Bluegrass Institute already knew Dr. Dewey Hensley was a star. Several years ago we blogged about remarkable performance at the J.B. Atkinson Elementary school in Louisville. Atkinson had been Louisville’s poorest performing elementary school when then principal Dewey Hensley took over. In a few years, Atkinson had made remarkable progress. Renamed the J.B. Atkinson…