If you have not taken time to read our major charter school debate with UK professors Wayne Lewis and Martin Solomon, you owe it to yourself and Kentucky’s children to take some time to do so. The professors provide a good introduction into the issues of establishing charter schools in Kentucky from the viewpoint of both a strong proponent of charters and a sharp critic of these school choice options for parents.
Now that the professors have weighed in, I’m adding more to the discussion. I’m going to do a couple of blogs on this next subject – education progress in Kentucky – because it came up in the debates and I think very few in Kentucky really understand what the data shows. I start today with a look at the most recent and earliest available scores in reading, math, science and writing for Kentucky from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). I think the results from this respected, federally managed testing program clearly show Kentucky has made a little progress, but the Bluegrass State still has a very, very long way to go, and it’s getting there at a snails’ pace by only relying on our traditional public school system.