New standards for Kentucky’s instruction of social studies were approved by the Kentucky Board of Education on February 6, 2019. As I pointed out in a previous blog, based on comparisons to standards from Massachusetts and Indiana, two states with highly regarded standards, a lot of specific material is stunningly missing in the new Kentucky document.
Those omissions could have consequences.
If it’s not in the standards, it can’t be in the tests
Senate Bill 1 from the 2017 Regular Legislative Session set up the review process for all of Kentucky’s education standards and the associated state assessments. But, the bill includes more. On Page 20, lines 9 to 10, the bill says:
“The statewide assessments shall not include any academic standards not approved by the board under subsection (2) of this section.”
So, if something isn’t included in the standards approved by the Kentucky Board of Education, the state can’t put that material into state tests. However, because the new standards are often quite vague (examples follow later), how do we know what really is included in the standards? Also, because the standards are a legal document, is it permissible to make assumptions about what is fair game for testing when something isn’t clearly included in the standards?
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