Mercatus and Bluegrass Scholars report: Kentucky is not economically competitive, Part 3 of 4

Matt Mitchell – Citizen Education Seminar from Bluegrass Institute on Vimeo. Recently the Bluegrass Institute partnered with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University to host its Citizen Education Seminar at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Lexington. The event included both Bluegrass Institute and Mercatus scholars discussing the most pertinent barriers standing in the way of Kentucky’s…

Cloud-based End-of-Course testing in Kentucky terminated completely!

As we reported last week here, here and here, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has run into major problems with the state’s high school end-of-course testing program. One major problem is the computer servers from ACT’s Vantage testing system became overloaded and crashed when students from Kentucky, Ohio and Alabama simultaneously tried to access…

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…