The Glasgow Daily Times reports that there is considerable confusion in the Caverna school district about the recently conducted audit there. No one seems to know if the state will really enforce new rules about schools that get such audits or not.
These audits, by the way, were based on the new rules for school accountability that Kentucky enacted as part of its Race to the Top application. However, the audits are not for Race to the Top purposes, but for a closely related federal pot of money called School Improvement Grants. Schools can’t get the grants, which are for three years at a hefty $500,000 per year, unless they get an audit, first.
Anyway, confusion continues. We have already questioned why Caverna High School, which is far from the bottom-performing high school in Kentucky, is even in the list of audit schools. As we point out, it isn’t hard to find schools that need such attention far more than Caverna.
In fact, confusion seems to have been a hallmark of this program ever since word of it leaked out in mid-March.
It would be nice if the Kentucky Department of Education would put out a news release with the full, accurate story.