A Tale of Two Schools

Even the Prichard Committee doesn’t understand The high performing high school First, let’s talk about a very high performing high school in Kentucky’s “Unbridled Learning” school accountability program. This school’s summary of “Accountability Performance” from its 2012-13 school report card (PDF available from menus here) says this school is one of Kentucky’s best performers. In…

Closing a school, but turning it into a charter school would be much better

The Courier-Journal reports that the Jefferson County Board of Education has thrown in the towel on trying to fix the endemically troubled Myers Middle School. Essentially, Myers is going to be closed. Scheduled incoming sixth grade students this fall instead will enter a number of other schools. Myers current sixth and seventh graders, who will…

Continuing Update – ACT follows Kentucky’s lead and outlaws use of smart calculators on COMPASS tests

In a growing story, the ACT, Inc. has told the Herald-Leader that it will now outlaw use of calculators augmented with algebra software on the COMPASS college-readiness test. This provides further evidence of an assertion from Northern Kentucky University professor Steve Newman that the use of such calculators was inflating student scores. The new move…

Education reform: Kentucky’s ‘most urgent priority’

“By almost any measure, children in Kentucky are  in an educational crisis and that crisis is most profound for black children,” writes new Black Alliance for Educational Options state director Mendell Grinter in today’s Lexington Herald-Leader. Certainly, the Bluegrass Institute’s analysis of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) indicates that, as Grinter puts it:…

Kentucky’s Unbridled Learning school accountability program not getting its message right????

I’ve been slowly collecting examples of how Kentucky’s Unbridled Learning school accountability program may not be getting the message right. Some of the early indications are found in the Bluegrass Institute’s “Blacks Still Falling Through Gaps, the 2012 Update,” where I point to several schools that got Unbridled Learning’s top award of “School of Distinction”…

School system upset with pending federally sponsored Common Core test

The US Department of Education is spending well over $300 million on two competing test programs to assess student performance against the Common Core State Standards. One of those testing programs is being developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC). The other one is from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and…

Update – Ky. Dept. of Ed. outlaws certain calculators on test used in Unbridled Learning

Could inflate Kentucky’s College and Career Ready rates Taking a responsible action, the Kentucky Department of Education has determined that the use of smart calculators on the COMPASS test from the ACT, Inc., could inflate scores and has now outlawed use of those calculators for testing. The findings could impact the state’s reported College and…