On October 18, 2016 the Kentucky Office of Education Accountability (OEA) presented an important report about achievement gaps in Kentucky’s schools. Normally, it takes the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission many months after a report is approved before it appears in final, edited version in their web site, and the next legislative session will likely be over before that posting occurs.
However, “Overview of Achievement Gaps in Kentucky Schools” contains a lot of valuable information, information that could be important for policy decisions that will come up in the next legislative session.
So, I obtained a copy of the approved draft of the report and posted it online so that everyone can have access before the legislature goes into session.
Many important issues are discussed in this report, but one stood out for me right away. Some new data from the OEA’s research adds to other research I have been conducting regarding the large amount of social promotion to high school diplomas in Kentucky.
The OEA’s report provides still more evidence that Kentucky’s schools are pushing more poor kids through the program with less educational accomplishment than their more affluent classmates are getting.