Charter School Successes: BASIS charters outperform in Arizona – and the world!

The National Center for Policy Analysis reports that a BASIS charter school in Tucson scored even higher than students from Shanghai, an Asian education powerhouse, on recent international tests. The National Center says of the BASIS Tucson North school: “The Tucson charter school outscored all 40 countries that administered the 2012 PISA, or Programme for…

Who’s going to fix deficiencies in new education standards?

It might not be our teachers! A new article from WFPL’s Devin Katayama, “Kentucky Colleges Should Improve Recruitment, Training for Would-Be Teachers, Education Leaders Say,” adds to concerns about claims that deficiencies in the vague and incomplete Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) will all be fixed by Kentucky teachers…

Are Kindergartens ready for kids?

This great question comes from Kentucky Youth Advocates head Terry Brooks. You may need a subscription to read his great post, “Are Kindergarten Classrooms Ready for all Kids?” in Education Week’s blogs. A key Brooks point: “Greatness for…any elementary school must include being ready for those kindergarteners as they walk through the door just as…

Pioneer Institute: “College- And Career-Ready” National Math Standards Prepare Students For Only Non-Selective Colleges

High school graduates won’t be prepared to pursue four-year degrees in science, technology, engineering, or math (From Pioneer’s Press Release) BOSTON – National mathematics standards adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia that supporters say are designed to make high school graduates “college- and career-ready” and improve the critical science, technology, engineering and…

Education Week’s “Take” on Kentucky’s latest CCSS-aligned reading and math test results

Education Week picked up the story on the new results from Kentucky’s Common Core State Standards (CCSS) aligned K-PREP math and reading tests. Kentucky’s progress is being closely watched around the country because we are the first state to start testing with Common Core aligned assessments. EdWeek points out that there have been small score…