Report shows Kentucky gains on NAEP reversed after adoption of Common Core

Kentucky is a focal state in a new report by Theodor Rebarber, “The Common Core Debacle, Results from 2019 NAEP and Other Sources,” which has just been released by the Bluegrass Institute’s counterpart organization in Massachusetts, the Pioneer Institute. The report shows in general how education went South across the nation after the Common Core…

NPR speculation on how schools might look when they finally reopen

NPR’s “9 Ways Schools Will Look Different When (And If) They Reopen” provides some interesting points about how schools might operate when they finally reopen. I’m not sure these are viable ideas, but they are representative of some of the current thinking about how schools might look when they reopen and the recording includes some…

Quote of the Day – Regarding students’ knowledge of US History

“Students don’t know the content.” Peggy G. Carr, Associate Commissioner Assessments Division, National Center for Education Statistics Comment made on April 23, 2020 during webinar presentation of results from the 2018 National Assessment of Educational Progress in US History, Civics and Geography Added notes: Across the nation, only 15% of US eighth graders were scored…

Shocking statistics on JCPS busing bias get more disturbing

I recently posted two blogs about the stifling of questions during a Kentucky Board of Education meeting following some very disturbing revelations by Dr. Marty Pollio, the superintendent at Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS), that the district’s busing plan had limited school choice for students in the generally minority West Louisville area. In “Suppressing KY…

More on question-stifling with the reconstituted KY Board of Education

How things were MUCH different with the improperly fired board I wrote last week about how “Suppressing KY Board of Education questions regarding oversight of JCPS isn’t transparency.” That blog discusses the complete shutdown of any questions from board members regarding a report about the important work being done to remedy long-term problems in the…

Suppressing KY Board of Education questions regarding oversight of JCPS isn’t transparency

Especially when there’s admission that West End families in Louisville never had choice under the busing plan and unusual claims are made about funding The Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) held a teleconferenced meeting on April 9, 2020 that included an update from Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) Superintendent Marty Pollio on the status of…

MEDIA ALERT: Legislative action needed to limit governor’s power, ‘depoliticize’ Kentucky’s public education system

For Immediate Release: Friday, April 3, 2020 (FRANKFORT, Ky.) – The Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions in partnership with former Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) members reiterated its call today for a legislative resolution to Gov. Beshear’s illegal and unconstitutional executive order ousting previous members without cause or due process and the administration’s rejection of a…