This week Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts Adam Edelen delivered an audit on the functioning of the Jefferson County Public School (JCPS) District. Plenty of problems are listed in this 301-page report, but the auditor also provides over 200 suggestions on how to improve. That could be helpful – IF – Jefferson County folks ever get past their initial, knee-jerk denials.
WAVE-3 TV’s article, “JCPS fires back after audit claims wasted millions,” carried the first round of denials from a Louisville schools crowd that seems to place the status quo interests of highly paid school staffers ahead of those of Jefferson County Public Schools’ (JCPS) generally under-served students.
I dealt with some of the more general whining yesterday. Now, let’s look at a somewhat more technical denial, found at the end of the WAVE-3 post, where it says:
“JCPS said comparisons would have been difficult if Edelen did try to tie test scores to his audit. Three of the districts don’t have a testing system that can be easily compared with JCPS. As for the other two, JCPS said their scores trail Charlotte and Austin is a mixed bag. JCPS is roughly equal in reading but behind that Texas city in math scores.”
Very simply, I don’t think that is accurate. Once you look at the test data involved, which comes from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, I think Jefferson County does not look too good on the academic issues, either.
If you have a taste for details, read on.