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…

Kentucky State Education Board and Department of Education inject a good weighting scheme for new assessments

Reversing a very contentious decision from the June meeting of the Kentucky Board of Education with Kentucky Department of Education staffers, a very weak plan for weighting various elements of the new Kentucky public school assessment program has been revised. Now, the Kentucky School Boards Association reports the following weights will be used: • 70…

Poorest performing schools in Jefferson County get lots of rookie teachers

Probably too many rookie teachers Management of the turn-around of Persistently Low-Achieving Schools in Jefferson County looks awfully shaky. The Courier-Journal reports that 60 of the 135 teachers brought in to the second group of the district’s schools to be tagged as Persistently Low-Achieving are first-year teachers with absolutely no prior experience. They are going…

Open Records: Jefferson County Schools, Berman performance evaluation

An open records request was sent today to obtain the most recent performance evaluation for outgoing Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) superintendent Sheldon Berman. JCPS and Berman were part of the investigative report “Rewarding Failure” which shed light on the broken process of evaluating the performance of school district leaders. With this records request, the…