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…

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…