Kentucky gets more unfavorable attention for excluding students from federal tests

This time, its our out of line exclusion of English language learners Questions have already been raised by me and others about Kentucky’s nation-leading exclusion of students with learning disabilities from the National Assessment of Educational Progress reading tests in 2011. Now, Education Week reports that Kentucky is also being spotlighted for abnormally high exclusion…

Are public school teachers underpaid?

Two researchers say definitely not, once you consider fringe benefits There is an interesting article in the November 8, 2011 Wall Street Journal from two researchers at the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute. According to Heritage’s Jason Richwine and AEI’s Andrew G. Biggs, once you consider the long summer break that teachers enjoy,…

Bluegrass Institute will promote education reform at Danville Chamber-AT&T policy luncheon

Jim Waters, vice president of communications, will speak Tuesday on education reform at the final in a series of public policy luncheons presented by AT&T and the Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Danville Country Club, 1486 Lexington Road in Danville. Waters also will join a panel that includes Education Commissioner Terry…

ALL that NAEP progress?

We hear a lot about all the progress that has been made since the Kentucky Education Reform Act of 1990 was enacted. Except, the problem is that worthwhile tests like the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) don’t support those claims of substantial progress. The graph below shows the earliest available and most recently available…