Family Foundation points to deficiencies in the proposed Kentucky Core Academic Standards for science

Family Foundation spokesman Martin Cothran makes important points in this Herald-Leader Op-Ed. Cothran doesn’t cover all the issues regarding the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) which the Kentucky Board of Education voted earlier this month to incorporate as the science standards portion of the Kentucky Core Academic Standards. For example, Page 31 of a June…

Trouble at the Top: Long Term Trend federal testing shows high schools not making progress in education

New results are out from a long term trend tracking version of the federal National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP LTT), and the results are puzzling, at best. Unlike the “Main NAEP,” which provides state level results, the NAEP LTT only provides an overall, nationwide look at education. However, unlike the Main NAEP, the LTT…

US (still) spends more on education than any other nation

No surprise, but a new report from the Associated Press (picked up by Education Week) says: • “The United States spends more than other developed nations on its students’ education each year…” • “When researchers factored in the cost for programs after high school education such as college or vocational training, the United States spent…

Another report inflates Kentucky’s education progress

A new report from Education Sector Reports, “The New State Achievement Gap: How Federal Waivers Could Make It Worse—Or Better,” makes some pretty glowing comments about Kentucky’s educational progress between 2003 and 2011 on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Naturally, without pausing for any reflection, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) jumped all…