Fighting over how to test students with learning disabilities spills out of Kentucky to the federal arena

The current fight in Kentucky about trying to get a handle on the apparently excessive number of students with learning disabilities who get reading tests read to them has now spilled over into the federal arena. Education Week reports that there is a dispute between two agencies that control the federal National Assessment of Educational…

Is Kentucky handing out ‘hollow’ diplomas?

Non-readers are getting regular high school diplomas A disturbing issue inadvertently came to light during a contentious August 14, 2012 meeting of the Kentucky Legislature’s Education Assessment and Accountability Review Subcommittee (EAARS). The news spilled out during a sharp discussion about a regulation that would end reading of the state’s reading assessment to many students…

Kentucky Department of Education predicts large drops in state test scores

The chickens will soon come home to roost for Kentucky’s state assessment program, substantiating years of Bluegrass Institute research and comments. We’ve consistently shown you evidence over the years that the scores from the Kentucky Core Content Tests (KCCT) used for CATS accountability were seriously overstating the real performance of the state’s public school students.…