Educators playing fast and loose with data, grading in Columbus, OH?

It looks like the massive school test cheating scandal in Atlanta, Georgia could get pushed aside by an even messier affair that seems to be unraveling in Columbus, Ohio. The Columbus Dispatch reports in an article datelined May 3, 2013 that, under police escort, the state auditor’s office entered numerous high schools in that community…

Uh, Oh! Kentucky’s school assessment computer testing problems just got worse

Only hours after I was told there were some minor problems with the computer-based testing for Kentucky’s End-of-Course exams, it looks like the problems got much worse. The Kentucky Department of Education just issued News Release No. 13-045 which says the End-of-Course computer issues are now severe enough to require total suspension of testing. The…

Did the people who created Common Core State Standards really know what is needed?

New ACT report casts SERIOUS doubts The ACT, Inc.’s “ACT National Curriculum Survey” series just came out with a 2012 edition. The findings raise serious questions about the validity of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) that Kentucky and many other states are now using to shape school curriculum from Kindergarten through high school. Recent…

The Economics Behind the Issues: The Dependency Trap

At this month’s Citizen Education Seminar on Kentucky’s economic competitiveness, jointly hosted by the Bluegrass Institute and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University,  John Garen, Ph.D., economics professor at the University of Kentucky and chair of the Bluegrass Institute’s Board of Scholars, discussed the “dependency trap” which the commonwealth has fallen so deeply into. In…

Kentucky House Education Committee chair leaving legislature

The Herald-Leader and other news sources are reporting Representative Carl Rollins (D – Midway) has announced he is leaving the Kentucky Legislature to head the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority and the Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corporation. While Rollins shepherded a number of education bills during his tenure, he was instrumental in blocking key…

Union versus education commissioner fight goes on

The Jefferson County Teachers’ Association (JCTA) seems to not understand who the other party is to their collective bargaining agreement. Instead, JCTA president Brent McKim keeps trying to suck Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday into dealing directly with the union, but Holliday correctly points out that the union needs to work with the Jefferson…