Breathitt County School District headed for state takeover?

The goings-on in Breathitt County’s school system sound like something out of a horribly unbelievable soap opera. Except, this story is no fabrication. Former superintendent Arch Turner was recently sentenced to two years in prison and a $250,000 fine for vote buying in a serious case that eventually involved the FBI. Charges were also filed…

New test, old doubts

By Jim Waters Grand Canyon-esque gaps in math scores. Praise for poorly performing schools. Failed top-down policies. So far, the developing story being told by the initial batch of results from Kentucky’s new testing system suggests that our public education system’s performance is – when compared to previous testing results – more of a déjà-vu-all-over-again…

The ‘GAP-ing’ hole in ‘Unbridled Learning’

Without question, a gaping hole exists in Kentucky’s new school accountability program, known as “Unbridled Learning.” That deficiency – failure of Unbridled Learning to properly identify and account for sometimes enormous achievement gaps between white and black students in the state’s new Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) test results. Bluegrass Institute president Jim…

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…