NY superintendent understands testing games

Voorheesville Central School District superintendent Dr. Teresa Thayer Snyder knows test gaming well. Writing about the new Common Core State Standards aligned test results in New York, she says: “…test developers control the scaled scores—indeed they have developed a draconian statistical formula that is elaborate, if indecipherable, to determine scaled scores. I would bet my…

Survey says: Vulnerable Kentuckians want charter schools

Herculean efforts by labor bosses at Kentucky’s teachers unions to convince lawmakers that charter schools are neither needed nor wanted in the commonwealth have succeeded. Our commonwealth remains one of only eight states without charter schools – publicly funded schools operated differently than the traditional public schools. For example, the principal of a successful charter…

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Albert Einstein Sadly, this comment from one of this country’s most noted scientists is most appropriate to the latest action by the Kentucky Board of Education concerning the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). With no dissention, the board reaffirmed its support today for the NGSS, an action that now sends these clearly inadequate standards on…