Think schools are improving? Try telling that to this Princeton college professor

His article came out several months ago, but Professor Tony Rothman’s Scientific American article, “Look East, Young Man” is still worth a Thanksgiving weekend read. The bottom line: math skills of entering students at one of the nation’s premier universities are slipping, UNLESS they are overseas students. This has profound implications for not just our…

K-PREP and Unbridled Learning school testing and evaluation are here, but what does this mean? # 10

K-PREP science at all school levels As we discussed in an earlier blog about the new Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests in social studies, we also find disturbing evidence that the new K-PREP science assessments for elementary and middle schools are nothing more than warmed over CATS Kentucky Core Content Tests (KCCT).…

K-PREP and Unbridled Learning school testing and evaluation are here, but what does this mean? # 9

K-PREP high school science As with the other high school tests, K-PREP science scores for our high school students also do not come from a state-developed test. Instead, the high school science score is derived from performance on a new end-of-course exam in high school biology developed by the ACT, Inc., as part of the…

K-PREP and Unbridled Learning school testing and evaluation are here, but what does this mean? # 8

K-PREP high school reading Continuing our examination of proficiency rate reporting from the new Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests, we now examine the high school reading evidence. K-PREP test data in reading for our high school students does not come from a state-developed tests. Instead, the reading score is derived from performance…

K-PREP and Unbridled Learning school testing and evaluation are here, but what does this mean? # 7

K-PREP high school math We’ve been writing about the new Kentucky Performance Report for Educational Progress (K-PREP) test results and the Unbridled Learning school accountability scores. People are asking, “What do these new test scores show? Is the new program really more rigorous? Is it rigorous enough? Let’s shift focus to high school performance. K-PREP…