New Johns Hopkins University report builds on shaky foundation

A new report from Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and Civic Enterprises is generating considerable media attention due in no small measure to a favorable Op-Ed from former Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear and a press release from the Kentucky Department of Education. Unfortunately, the attention might be rather misdirected due to a number of problems…

Ironic: New report says country should look to Kentucky and Louisville for education ideas while city’s police chief charges schools are failures

A couple of days ago, Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University released a rather problematic report about “For All Kids, How Kentucky is Closing the High School Graduation Gap for Low-Income Students.” This Hopkins report says that Kentucky leads the nation in high school graduation rates for poor students and…

Jefferson County Public School District under fire for improper handling of students

The Courier-Journal reports that Kentucky Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt has ordered a major review of the student restraint situation in Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) based on gross under-reporting of restrain incidents and apparently in part due to the highly controversial injuries suffered by a 16-year-old student who was so severely restrained that both…

Rep. Jim Decesare on Workforce Problems in Kentucky

Although there has been scant coverage in the press, lately I have been hearing a fair amount of discussion in Northern Kentucky and elsewhere about skilled labor shortages. Our public education system is involved with this problem because large numbers of kids are currently getting high school diplomas but cannot demonstrate readiness for anything after…

Let’s rank Kentucky’s NAEP scores intelligently – Grade 8 Math

Unfortunately, doing valid comparisons of Kentucky’s NAEP scores to those from other states isn’t so easy. For one thing, statistical sampling errors in NAEP turn many apparent “wins” into nothing more than ties. Other factors such as wildly different student demographics and the ever-present achievement gaps complicate state to state comparison of scores, as well.…