… which makes this video about 30 minutes out of date. It’s instructive, nonetheless.
This downgrade effectively means the price of most state and local public sector borrowing just went up.
The Kentucky Department of Education finally released the high school graduation rate report for the Class of 2010.
However, the data is all lumped together into one, massive Excel spreadsheet. That makes it impossible to easily see how districts perform against each other.
So, we disaggregated the data into a series of tables that show how each district ranks for No Child Left Behind compliant graduation rates.
There are separate tables for all students as well as each major minority group found in Kentucky.
Everything can be found in freedomkentucky.org wiki item:
By the way, the graduation rates reported here use the Federal Government’s Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate calculation. This formula was extensively researched in 2006 and found to be the best available for states like Kentucky that don’t have high quality student tracking data to compute the very best information.
Kentucky won’t see its first set of high quality graduation rate data until 2014, which will tie us for last place in getting such baseline performance data for our schools.
In the future, we plan to run a similar series of tables for individual high schools, so keep tuned.
Reversing a very contentious decision from the June meeting of the Kentucky Board of Education with Kentucky Department of Education staffers, a very weak plan for weighting various elements of the new Kentucky public school assessment program has been revised.
Now, the Kentucky School Boards Association reports the following weights will be used:
• 70 percent – “Next-Generation Learners” areas, which include test scores in reading, math, science, social studies and writing, achievement gap reductions, growth in the reading and math areas, students who meet college and career readiness targets and, for high schools, the graduation rate
• 20 percent – “Next-Generation Instructional Programs and Support,” which includes the program review results for subjects such as arts and humanities, practical living, world languages and additional writing areas
• 10 percent – “Next-Generation Professionals,” which includes effectiveness ratings for teachers and principals
Special interests, largely groups representing the arts and humanities and world languages teachers, swayed the board at its June meeting, resulting in a very unsatisfactory weighting scheme of 50/30/20. That would have provided far too much weight to the very subjective areas that will receive program reviews and staff reviews.
In sharp contrast, core academic subjects would have received far too little emphasis, a problem the board and the education department heard about after its June decision from many sources, including yours truly.
The fact that the board listened – and made these changes – is a hopeful sign for Kentucky’s new assessment program.
Phil Moffett, the Bluegrass Institute’s new president and CEO, will be on the “Kruser and Krew” show on Newstalk 590 WVLK-AM/FM at 1 p.m. (EDT) today.
Moffett will be talking about the institute’s exciting future as it builds alliances with the business community and tea parties and other liberty groups across the commonwealth to advance freedom, defend liberty and build a more prosperous Kentucky.
“Kruser and Krew” is hosted by Dave Krusenklaus and is broadcast weekdays from Noon to 3 p.m. EDT.
Listen live here.
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