Board of Education approves clearly problematic social studies standards

Yesterday, the Kentucky Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt new social studies standards. That’s leading to a lot of people scratching their heads and wondering what the board was thinking, because the standards that got approved are clearly problematic. I’ll be looking at a number of issues with these standards in future blogs, but…

National board overseeing NAEP Tweets up our blog about Florida and Kentucky NAEP Results

We got some interesting attention from a real source of expertise on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) – none other than the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) itself! In case you missed our 5-part blog series on how Florida and Kentucky compare on the NAEP Grade 4 reading assessments over time, here are…

Matching Kentucky education against a state with massive school choice options – Part 5

Over the past week, I’ve been dealing with the question of “How do Florida and Kentucky compare on the NAEP over the years?” The first four parts of this “Matching Kentucky education against a state with massive school choice options” blog series dealt with those states’ performance on National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Grade…

Matching Kentucky education against a state with massive school choice options – Part 4

This is is the final blog with academic data in our series comparing performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) for school choice rich Florida and other states including school choice poor Kentucky. There will be one more blog with some nonacademic information of interest. We are looking at the NAEP results for…

Matching Kentucky education against a state with massive school choice options – Part 3

This is the third blog in our series comparing performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) for school choice rich Florida and other states including school choice poor Kentucky. We are looking at the NAEP results for Grade 4 reading from the early days of the Kentucky Education Reform Act of 1990 and…

Matching Kentucky education against a state with massive school choice options – Part 2

As I wrote in the first blog in this series, Florida, quite unlike Kentucky, has a very large number of school choice options. So, after I posted a blog on January 24, 2019 noting how dramatically well Florida performed on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in 2017, I wondered, “How do Florida and…

Matching Kentucky education against a state with massive school choice options – Part 1

Florida, quite unlike Kentucky, has a very large number of school choice options. So, after I posted a blog on January 24, 2019 noting how dramatically well Florida performed on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in 2017, I wondered, “How do Florida and Kentucky compare on the NAEP over the years?” I decided…

Bluegrass Beacon: Education facelift incomplete without school choice

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon is a weekly syndicated statewide newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute’s website after being released to and published by newspapers statewide. Photos of the state Capitol being tweeted by Gov. Matt Bevin offer an unmistakably dramatic before-and-after contrast showing impressive results of a $1.2 million scrubdown of the century-old…

Kentucky should observe National School Choice Week with bold thinking

Just in time for National School Choice Week, a new national poll finds that more than two-thirds of Americans favor school choice and bold reforms. Hopefully, Kentucky lawmakers are listening. The American Federation for Children’s Fifth Annual School Choice Survey polled 1,200 likely 2020 voters and found 67 percent of respondents support the concept of…