Despite many invitations from the Bluegrass Institute to join with us in frank discussions about education issues, in the past the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence always declined.
Now, Prichard has joining the Blogosphere.
That at last gives the public and the Bluegrass Institute a welcome opportunity to respectfully discuss Prichard’s ideas in an open forum. This can only lead to a better informed citizenry as we all get the opportunity to more fully understand some of the things Prichard is saying.
For example, we have some questions about Prichard’s first posts. Prichard talks about how well we reportedly do on National Assessment of Educational Progress science tests in the fourth and eighth grades but omits any discussion of how we do at the high school level.
The fact is, any Kentucky science advantage, if it exists at all in the lower grades, apparently evaporates in high school, as the following figure covering science testing conducted by the ACT, Incorporated shows.
Prichard’s blog on the science scores also briefly crows about Kentucky NAEP scores in reading, math and writing. However, another initial Prichard blog post makes reference to a report titled, “MEASURING UP 2008, THE STATE REPORT CARD ON HIGHER EDUCATION.”
Page 5 of that report has this to say about Kentucky’s latest NAEP performance:
“The performance of 8th graders in Kentucky on national assessments in reading is fairly low, and in science is only fair. They perform poorly on national assessments in math and very poorly in writing.”
Somehow, that seems to put our NAEP results in a rather different perspective from the one Prichard conveys.
In any event, we welcome the Prichard Committee to the Blogosphere. We’re glad you finally joined us in an open forum that all can see and that you have asked the public for comments. We believe such open discussions are essential for a better informed public that will in turn lead to better education for our children.