Another local newspaper reports that a school has gotten its NCLB scoring changed due to errors in the initial 2009 report. Adding information to my earlier post, the Manchester Enterprise (subscription) reports that the Paces Creek Elementary School has had its NCLB criteria upgraded to meeting all goals.
The Enterprise says Paces Creek Principal David Murray claims a glitch in the Infinite Campus student tracking program was at fault.
If so, this is a serious problem that raises more questions about the Infinite Campus program, an absolutely critical element in the Kentucky Department of Education’s plans to improve student tracking and reporting.
We first surfaced this story here on September 28th, one week after the 2009 NCLB scores were released. Schools were complaining that their NCLB results were wrong because those test results didn’t have the right student counts for kids with learning disabilities.
Now, the first findings have trickled out in a regional news report. The Kentucky New Era (Subscription) says that at least one school and a school district in its readership area just got their No Child Left Behind (NCLB) classifications revised upward due to those errors in the counts of learning disabled students.
So far, there is no overall report from Frankfort about the number of schools and districts that are impacted. There likewise is no report on how this important mistake happened.
I hope the Kentucky Department of Education will collect all of that data for us in one, forthright news release. Information I’d like to see includes the listing of each school and district that got erroneous scores back in September along with the new NCLB classification. I’d also like to see a summary of the expenses involved to support NCLB consequences in those schools and districts that really were not required. We have to pay for such things as assistance in schools that fail NCLB, and schools sometimes have to offer extra, expensive tutoring, as well. So, this error is important, and we need to see exactly what happened and why, and what is being done to fix the problems.
Charters are not just for brilliant kids. They really excel with kids who need extra help.
See how that works in this Atlanta charter school. Teachers even making “house calls!” When did you ever hear something like that about Kentucky’s public schools?
Want to explain the public option to your friends in 40 seconds? Bluegrass Institute staffer Caleb Brown, along with Austin Bragg and Lester Romero and have entered a video contest on health care.
To show your support, they need your votes between now and Sunday night at 11:59. To vote, people just need to watch the video and type – and this is important – “My choice for the winner” in the YouTube comments. It’s that simple. Vote only once.
Even Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear recognizes that raising taxes during a recession is a bad — really bad — idea.
And Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, offered the understatement of the yet-to-occur General Assembly session during an informal interview with reporters on Tuesday at the state Capitol: “Now is not the time to raise taxes.”
So why is House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, floating the idea?
Stumbo told the (Louisville) Courier-Journal: “We are not growing our revenue streams to adequately fund those costs (of running state government), …”
Government only has two ways of “growing” revenue: raise taxes or cut spending. If you don’t think you’re paying enough taxes, then feel free to send a contribution to: Kentucky Department of Revenue, Frankfort, Ky. 40602. Otherwise, tell your political representatives in Frankfort to do what every Kentucky family must do: “Live within your means.”