Which Kentucky school districts grade too hard or too easy?

A new report from the Fordham Institute about “Grade Inflation in High Schools (2005–2016)” relates to topics like “Hollow Diplomas” that we have been concerned about at the Bluegrass Institute for some time (see here and here for some examples). The new study, which looks at results for North Carolina, contains some interesting findings, including:…

Kentucky’s education standards – Now it’s your turn

The Kentucky Board of Education approved new/updated education standards for computer science, reading and writing, health, math and physical education yesterday. Now, the regulations that formalize that approval go into a 30-day public comment period, and it’s your turn to comment. Still think the math, reading and writing standards look too much like Common Core…

State Board votes to implement quality control over Kentucky’s high school diploma

Earlier today the Kentucky Board of Education voted to approve a revised regulation that for the first time implements some badly needed quality control over the Kentucky high school diploma. While the new criteria are rather modest, they at least start a process to reverse a situation we have been writing about since 2015 and…

Let’s get this straight – Plans to improve KY diploma quality didn’t just start yesterday

And, they didn’t start with the current commissioner of education, either For those who think the current proposal to increase the quality control over Kentucky’s high school diploma just got started in August, think again. Way back in February 2018 Kentucky Teacher ran, “Pruitt unveils five-point plan aimed at bolstering student achievement.” The article specifically…