Education Data Security in Kentucky

The proliferation of computer-based databases operated by Kentucky’s public school system has been very extensive, and these databases contain a large amount of sensitive information on students, parents and school employees. Examples of that sensitive information include: social security numbers, test scores, eligibility for free and reduced cost lunch, salaries, teacher evaluation materials, health conditions…

Prichard pushes the numbers too far, again, Part 2

In any state-to-state education comparison, student demographics matter In its zeal to portray Kentucky’s public education system in the best possible light, the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence has issued a 2012 update to its on-going “Top 20 by 2020” reports. But, Prichard still doesn’t get this right. Prichard simply ignores advice, readily available in…

WAVE-3 TV covers release of our new report on Blacks Still Falling Through Gaps

Reporters were out in force yesterday for the Bluegrass Institute and Black Alliance for Educational Options press conference were we released our updated report on black versus white achievement gaps in Louisville’s schools. Catch the press coverage here. wave3.com-Louisville News, Weather Read the accompanying text story. Our new report, “Blacks Still Falling Through Gaps, the…

Prichard pushes the numbers too far, again, Part 1

In its zeal to portray Kentucky’s public education system in the best possible light, the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence has issued a 2012 update to its on-going “Top 20 by 2020” reports. But, Prichard still doesn’t get this right. Prichard simply ignores advice, readily available in all federal National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)…

News Release: Report: New K-PREP testing shows Louisville’s black students still falling through gaps

(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) – A new report by the Bluegrass Institute, Kentucky’s free market think tank, reveals that the commonwealth’s largest school district continues to fail its black students. An update to the institute’s “Blacks Falling Through Gaps” report from the Summer of 2012 shows dramatic proficiency rate gaps between black and white students continue to…