Kentucky edges up in 2011 ACT test reports

Data released today shows Kentucky’s performance improved slightly in ACT college entrance test results for the high school graduating class of 2011. It’s an encouraging sign that Kentucky’s schools are finally changing focus to preparing students for college and careers instead of preparing for meaningless CATS assessments. At a press conference today in Nicholasville, Kentucky…

Imposing national curriculum standards

Next month, the Obama Administration will begin granting waivers to states that are not on track to meet proficiency requirements in the No Child Left Behind Act. Education Secretary Arne Duncan will be granting these waivers selectively, based mostly on states’ willingness to abide by new executive branch mandates not included in NCLB, likely including…

Kentucky’s education commissioner protecting tax dollars

Holding up payments to Jefferson County for questionable school restaffing The Courier-Journal reports that Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday is holding up millions in school assistance funds for Persistently Low-Achieving Schools in Jefferson County until the school district provides answers about the highly controversial way staffing changes were made in these schools. The Courier…

JCPS school board admits disappointment in superintendent evaluation

The Bluegrass Institute recently submitted a records request to obtain the most recent (2009-2010) performance evaluation for former Jefferson County Public Schools superintendent Sheldon Berman. You can read/ download this evaluation here. This was a follow up to a previous request that was a part of the investigative report, “Rewarding Failure“. In that report we…

Superintendent performance questions in other states

An excellent South Carolina based transparency site has been asking some great questions about whether school superintendents are “earning their keep”. The premise of the post is that the highest paid superintendents’ districts are performing mediocre at best. The Bluegrass Institute has been monitoring this very issue in Kentucky for a while now. You can…