Report: Government Preschool Doesn’t Work

An article about performance problems with preschool programs is circulating in multiple sources (The American Spectator and The National Pulse). The focus is the release of a new report from the Brookings Institution that compares preschool enrollment across the states to the performance of those children five years later on the National Assessment of Educational…

News Release: Bluegrass Institute supports accommodation over acrimony in Jefferson County Schools

For Immediate Release: Thursday, August 30, 2018 (LOUISVILLE, Ky) – The Bluegrass Institute expressed support today for a collaborative agreement approved by the Kentucky Board of Education this week and expected to create an improved and much-stronger education system in the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS), Kentucky’s largest school district. The agreement also accepted this…

Despite what some claim, Kentucky can take some lessons from Tennessee

I’ve been in an interesting Twitter discussion about charter schools and the relative education performance of Kentucky and Tennessee. Supposedly, Kentucky does better. Really? Because charter schools are reported to do especially well for black students – an area where Kentucky faces serious challenges – I fired up the NAEP Data Explorer to see how…

What happened to Kentucky’s high school seniors of 2010?

Yesterday, Kentucky Commissioner of Education Wayne Lewis presented the State of Education briefing for Kentucky. As I wrote yesterday, the presentation was direct and revealing. And, nowhere was it more revealing than in the rather disturbing story about what happened to the Kentucky public school senior class of 2010. The table below tells this somber…

Kentucky State of Education speech was direct and revealing

Late this afternoon, Kentucky Commissioner of Education Wayne Lewis delivered a highly candid and on target presentation on where Kentucky’s public education system stands today. A considerable portion of the message won’t surprise regular BIPPS readers. Others around the commonwealth, however, are going to be shocked and disturbed. Dr. Lewis started by pointing out that…

Master’s Degrees – Many say they don’t improve teaching

Evidence from Kentucky shows this, too The Kentucky Educational Professional Standards Board, which recently was reorganized under the Kentucky Department of Education instead of operating as a separate state agency, just removed the old requirement for all Kentucky teachers to earn a Master’s Degree prior to the end of their 10th year in the classroom.…

Kentucky is dropping teacher Master’s Degree requirement — More you should hear

It is announced that the reformed Kentucky Educational Professional Standards Board, which moved from being a separate agency to being part of the Kentucky Department of Education, has voted to drop the mandate for all Kentucky public school teachers to earn a Master’s Degree by their 10th year in the classroom. This move is generating…

In search of an accurate picture of Kentucky’s public education performance

It’s amazing. In the space of just two days, Kentuckians have been treated to not one, but two separate examples of how hard it is to find really incisive research about how our commonwealth’s public school system truly performs. The first example came during Monday’s “Kentucky Tonight” show on KET: At 5 minutes 30 seconds…