Uncertain changes coming to Kentucky’s testing program

Essential changes are coming to Kentucky’s public school assessment and accountability program. A mandatory need for changes to Kentucky’s assessment program and its Unbridled Learning school accountability program is being precipitated by an announcement from the ACT, Inc., that the organization’s EXPLORE and PLAN tests will be discontinued in 2015. Thus, Kentucky can count on…

Hensley recognized for education performance with Grissom Award

The Bluegrass Institute already knew Dr. Dewey Hensley was a star. Several years ago we blogged about remarkable performance at the J.B. Atkinson Elementary school in Louisville. Atkinson had been Louisville’s poorest performing elementary school when then principal Dewey Hensley took over. In a few years, Atkinson had made remarkable progress. Renamed the J.B. Atkinson…

Charter Schools in New York don’t see high transfer rates, outperform traditional schools

The New York City Independent Budget Office just released an interesting report on charter school student mobility. Here are some of the findings: • On average, students at charter schools stay at their schools at a higher rate than students at nearby traditional public schools. About 70 percent of students attending charter schools in school…

Ky. Dept. of Ed. checking for possible inflation on test used in Unbridled Learning

May be inflating Kentucky’s College and Career Ready rates Taking a responsible action, the Kentucky Department of Education is investigating whether the use of smart calculators on the COMPASS test from the ACT, Inc., could be inflating scores. The findings could impact the state’s reported College and Career Ready rates and could have national implications,…

New York kids get better school data security than Kentucky’s students???

The legislature in New York just enacted laws that end a dubious relationship between that state’s department of education and an Internet Cloud service provider known as InBloom, which is a nonprofit funded by the Gates Foundation. New York’s new law provides: • The state department of education cannot store identifiable student data in the…

Audit rules for Kentucky’s public school districts tightening

The Kentucky School Boards Association’s news service reports that rules for annual audits of the state’s public school districts are being tightened in the wake of a series of problems uncovered by the Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts. Normally, local school districts contract with a private auditing firm to conduct their required annual audit. That…

Breitbart on fight over new Common Core movie and the great Op-Ed from Ky. Sen. Katie Stine

Breitbart has an interesting article up about the latest Common Core State Standards skirmish between the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) and the Fordham foundation. The HSLDA released a very powerful documentary video about Common Core on Monday. Common Core supporter Fordham (which has received money from the Gates Foundation) was seriously stung by…