Kentucky’s Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence has always been ready to blow its happy horn for Kentucky’s schools – regardless of those schools’ actual performance.
A new case in point just arrived with Prichard’s short paper, “Finding Solutions, Standards Push Students Toward Real-Life Problems.” This paper focuses on the way:
“Kentucky’s standards for learning in math and English language arts, adopted in 2010 and now everyday practice for teachers and schools across the state, aim to create more challenging and relevant learning experiences for students.”
However, the middle school teaching examples from the South Warren Middle School in Warren County gushingly described in the paper leave me and some noted national math experts wondering what Prichard is thinking – especially since the example exercises don’t seem to align with Common Core and don’t appear to be grade appropriate.
Furthermore, the most recent test results from the eighth grade college-readiness-related EXPLORE assessments show math performance in this school fell during the 2014-15 school year.
So, why should we be impressed?