Group contends Kentucky’s NCLB waiver proposal would undermine high school grad rates

Education Week’s “Curriculum Matters Blog” ran an article as I was leaving for a conference last week about “NCLB Waivers Could Undermine Graduation Rates, Group Contends.” The Alliance for Excellent Education in Washington, DC claims that if the graduation rate requirement in NCLB is set aside, that Kentucky’s own graduation rate accountability plan would only…

Florida cries foul over high NAEP exclusion rates in other states (Like Kentucky)

Wants scores in high exclusion states suppressed Add Florida’s Commissioner of Education to the growing list of those crying foul (such as discussed here for learning disabled students and here for students still learning English) over high exclusion rates of students with learning disabilities from the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Kentucky led the nation…

BIPPS’ Richard Innes to speak at first international school choice conference

Richard Innes, staff education analyst at the Bluegrass Institute, presents a paper on pitfalls in interpreting the National Assessment of Educational Progress at the first international school choice and reform conference tomorrow. This conference brings together education researchers from around the world who are working in the area of choice for K to 12 school…

Still Another Jefferson County Public Schools ‘follow the money’ adventure!

A new audit on operations in the Jefferson County School District’s central office, “Final Report of a Study of the ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE AND CENTRAL OFFICE STAFFING, FUNCTIONS, AND OPERATIONS,” says on page 28 that “Transportation services were found to be very expensive, amounting to $54,648,585 in 2008-09, $57,085,703 in 2009-10, and $62,544,974 in 2010-11.” That’s…

ACT Cheating scandal leads to educator certificate suspensions in Perry County

Could be first time high-tech forensic test analysis has resulted in Kentucky certification consequences The Hazard-Herald reports that two Perry County educators, Rebecca Dobson and Jonathan Jett, have had professional certificates suspended and will face restrictions on their activities as educators even after their certificates are reinstated. These actions are the first to be taken…