Is Unbridled Learning becoming a bad ride for students?

The final Unbridled Learning accountability classifications for Kentucky’s public schools were released on September 27, 2013. That September release was already very late. Under the score reporting provisions of Senate Bill 1 from the Kentucky 2009 Regular Legislative Session: “Beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, the reporting requirement in this subsection shall be no later…

Federal testing – Trouble in River City

Jefferson County math scores on federal testing look problematic New scores for major urban school districts from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) were released today, and it looks like more trouble for Louisville and Jefferson County. I put this first table together using the NAEP Data Explorer statistical significance test tools. It shows…

Unbridled Learning and Priority (Persistently Low-Achieving) School Performance

There is considerable interest in the performance of Kentucky’s “Priority Schools” under the state’s new school accountability program called Unbridled Learning. These schools were originally designated “Persistently Low-Achieving Schools” based on their absolutely bottom in the state CATS testing results in reading and math before Unbridled Learning took over in the 2011-12 school term. Because…

Education Week: Analysis of big federal grant program for lowest-performing schools sends mixed signals

About 1/3 of the schools getting massive federal funding didn’t improve Conversion to charter schools outperformed other models Several years ago, the US Department of Education started the massively funded “School Improvement Grant” or SIG program to identify and improve what came to be known as the nation’s “Persistently Low Achieving Schools” (recently renamed “Priority…

Bluegrass Beacon: School-choice critics intimidate but won’t debate

Ken Wilber wrote: “Most of us are only willing to call 5% of our present information into question (at) any one point.” Then there is the closed-minded leadership of the Kentucky Education Association, Jefferson County Teachers Association, Kentucky School Boards Association and Kentucky Association of School Superintendents who, when it comes to school choice, won’t…

Education Week: Kentucky, some other states still have high exclusion on federal tests

Corrupts validity of reading results Even though Kentucky notably improved its exclusion rate for students with learning disabilities from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading assessments in 2013, a new report from Education Week points out that the Bluegrass State still excludes far more of these special students than is typical across the…

New Report: Does Kentucky’s ‘Unbridled Learning’ school accountability program leave minorities behind?

  New Report: Does Kentucky’s ‘Unbridled Learning’ school accountability program leave minorities behind?   (LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — A new Bluegrass Institute report reveals evidence that Kentucky’s school accountability program provides inconsistent and sometimes unreliable assessments of school performance. The report, “Kentucky’s ‘Unbridled Learning,’ Unrigorous School Accountability for African-American Students?,” examines math performance for whites and African-American students in…