Scholarship tax credits: Fact vs. fiction

Opponents of school choice often resort to misleading statements, misrepresentations and complete dishonesty to argue against giving low-and-middle-income students the chance to attend the same private schools the wealthy enjoy.  Here are the top scholarship tax credit myths debunked: 1. Scholarship tax credits will destroy the public school system Scholarship tax credits are not a…

Those large Kentucky high school graduation rates – The school-level story

I wrote recently about the fact that Kentucky’s recently reported high school graduation rates might be more due to social promotion than real improvement in education. That first blog in this series looked at overall statewide averages for a statistic we have developed called the Transition Ready Graduation Rate (TRGR). This shows the proportion of…

Bluegrass Beacon: Drama of disruptive protests exacerbates testing woes

Ample evidence provided by the latest test scores assessing Kentucky’s academic performance during the 2018-19 school year suggests too many of our students struggled academically and that the drama and disruption caused by teachers’ illegal strikes and school shutdowns exacerbated the problems. The percentage of students in both Kentucky’s middle and high schools who demonstrated…

Do the new Kentucky School Report Cards say your school doesn’t have notable achievement gaps? Better dig deeper

There is a discussion brewing in social media about the large number of Kentucky schools that seem to have escaped any flags for having rather large achievement gaps between some student groups. I took a look at the gaps for white minus black reading proficiency rates in all our schools and found a notable number…

Trend in ACT 11th Grade testing in Kentucky not encouraging

The Kentucky Department of Education’s Briefing Packet for the 2018-19 assessment and accountability program has some interesting tables summarizing the statewide ACT results for each year’s class of 11th grade students. Data for the past five years, including the new 2018-19 data, is presented. Let’s look at those tables. Table A shows the ACT score…