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…

Kentucky’s Common Core testing in 2013 shows minority gaps increasing, AMOs missed – Math

I wrote yesterday about the new results from Kentucky’s Common Core State Standards based reading assessment. Now, let’s look at similar results for mathematics. This first graph shows the percentages of white and African-American students who scored “Proficient” or more on Kentucky’s new CCSS-aligned Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) math tests. The data…

Kentucky’s Common Core testing in 2013 shows minority gaps increasing, AMOs missed – Reading

UPDATED FOR CHANGED DATA FROM KDE! The new test scores from Kentucky’s Common Core State Standards (CCSS) aligned tests in reading and mathematics were released on Friday, and I have started to look at the proficiency rate data for white and black students. The results are troubling. This first graph shows the percentages of white…

Florida’s governor throws down the gauntlet on Common Core and federal intrusion into education

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Florida’s Governor Rick Scott has withdrawn his state from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for Colleges and Careers testing consortium that is developing Common Core State Standards tests. Scott is going further, however. The Sentinel reports Scott’s press release says: “We agree that we should say ‘yes’ to high…

Is an ‘illegal’ charter school the secret of Taylor County superintendent’s success in reducing dropout rates?

Taylor County Superintendent Roger Cook proudly announced to everyone’s surprise during a recent meeting of the Interim Joint Education Committee that he is operating an illegal charter school in his district. Will the politicians try to stop him – especially considering the fact that not a single student has dropped out of his district during…

School choice: ‘The best chance a poor black kid has to get ahead’

In his recent Lexington Herald-Leader op-ed, Dr. Cameron S. Schaeffer offers a litany of actions by big-government progressives and their unintended consequences on minorities from low-income homes and neighborhoods. Schaeffer writes: “Progressives run the public school systems in this country. At every turn they block school choice, the best chance a poor black kid has…