I was pleased to participate in Monday’s Kentucky Tonight broadcast on KET along with Kentucky Senator Mike Wilson, Kentucky Representative Derrick Graham, incumbent head of the Prichard Committee Brigitte Blom Ramsey and guest show host Renee Shaw (show online here).
We had a lively discussion about many education issues that are likely to come up in the 2016 session of the Kentucky legislature, including the issue of charter schools. However, when so many topics are covered in only one hour, a lot gets left unsaid. So, I’ll be following up with some blogs about things you might want to know more about.
One subject was brought up repeatedly by Kentucky Representative Derrick Graham, who is the chair of the House Education Committee. This was Kentucky’s supposed rapid increase in the percentage of students who are reported as “College and Career Ready.”
Representative Graham trouped the numbers out like they were good as gold, saying around 9 minutes and 35 seconds into the broadcast that “in 2014 sixty-two percent of our students were ready for college compared to in 2010 thirty-four percent (were ready).”
In fact, the 2013-2014 Kentucky School Report Card for the state shows under the “Delivery Targets,” “CCR” tab that 34.0 percent of our high school graduates in 2010 met “College and Career Readiness (CCR) Targets” while in 2014 a total of 62.5 percent of the graduates met the targets.
If you think it sounds incredible that Kentucky could almost double readiness in just four years, your doubts are well-supported. In fact, as I blogged in December the Kentucky Office of Education Accountability (OEA) has raised serious questions about the validity of the CCR numbers that are being reported. Very simply, those numbers really don’t have a lot of credibility right now. You can learn why by clicking the “Read more” link.