National Education Association slams Common Core State Standards process

An educational Tsunami took place yesterday when Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association (NEA), published an online letter to his union’s three million members slamming the current direction of the Common Core State Standards. Van Roekel is reacting to overwhelming pushback from his own rank and file union members about the increasingly…

Innes to talk about Priority Schools at Louisville 912 meeting

BIPPS’ Richard Innes will discuss education in some of Jefferson County Public Schools most troubled schools and what can be done to improve them. These schools, currently classified as “Priority Schools,” were initially called “Persistently Low-Achieving Schools.” Priority Schools are among the very lowest performing schools in the entire state of Kentucky, and Jefferson County…

Value of Preschool? The debate widens with disturbing evidence from Tennessee

One of Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear’s priorities is to expand availability of preschool programs in the commonwealth. If there was good evidence that preschool really worked, I’d favor that. The sticky problem: persistent evidence from a huge number of studies on the federal Head Start preschool program that any benefits gained disappear by the third…

BIPPS in the Herald-Leader: Common core standards fall way short

The Bluegrass Institute has always advocated for high standards — the kind of standards that will ensure Kentucky students will be fully and adequately prepared for college or career. Don’t count on the Common Core State Standards to provide such preparation, writes Bluegrass Institute staff education analyst Richard Innes in today’s Lexington Herald-Leader.      

New evidence: Kentucky’s education system improving very slowly, at best

The Kentucky Department of Education released the 2013-14 school term results from the ACT, Inc.’s EXPLORE and PLAN readiness tests. These tests, which are given to eighth and tenth graders, respectively, near the beginning of each school year are aligned to the ACT college entrance test to give students a good idea if they are…

Are Kentucky’s Districts of Innovation as Good as Charter Schools?

Kentucky Tonight’s February 3, 2014 show was all about Charter Schools. The debate was cordial, but lively. Along the way, some “interesting” issues were raised. Around 10-1/2 minutes into the show, host Bill Goodman asked about the difference between charter schools and Kentucky’s “Districts of Innovation.” The Districts of Innovation bill (House Bill 37) was…

Legislator nonsense: we have excellent schools in Jefferson County, so no need for charter schools

Kentucky Tonight’s February 3, 2014 show was all about Charter Schools. The debate was lively, but cordial. Along the way, some pretty “interesting” comments were made, some revealing a remarkable lack of understanding of the real level of educational performance in this state. One of those “interesting” comments came around six minutes into the show…