What you need to consider when comparing state education systems

As I wrote yesterday, we are seeing all sorts of reports computing rankings of state education systems. However, those reports are using approaches that don’t comply with recommendations found in various documents from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Yesterday’s blog discussed two of those poorly conducted reports, the Quality Counts 2016 report from…

Rankings of Kentucky’s educational performance still flawed

Quality Counts and Center for Business and Economic Research both score “Novice” It seems like mid-winter is a favorite time for various groups to publish fanciful rankings of Kentucky’s education system compared to other states, and 2016 has proved no exception. Cases in point include new rankings from the annual Quality Counts report series from…

Bluegrass Beacon – Liberty boosters and busters: Something new, something bold

‘Tis the season for another edition of “Liberty Boosters and Busters.” My goal is to make these awards more about ideas than personalities. But alas, policymakers’ personal behavior occasionally is so egregious that they themselves demand a spot on the “Liberty Busters” wall. Liberty Buster: Take, for example, Speaker Greg Stumbo’s cheap shots fired at…

Charter schools do outperform across the nation if students attend long enough to benefit

Since Governor Bevin’s election, the discussion about public charter schools has ratcheted up several notches. Kentucky’s new governor publicly supports charter schools as one tool that can help boost the currently lagging performance in the state’s public school system, especially for minority students. Still, anti-charter sentiment from adults in our existing education establishment remains strident,…

Governor Bevin explains that former governor’s civil rights restoration executive order was simply unconstitutional

During the Kentucky Pastors in Action Coalition meeting in Louisville on December 29, 2015 Governor Matt Bevin was asked about an action he took to deal with an unconstitutional executive order issued in the closing hours of Governor Steve Beshear’s administration. Here what Governor Bevin said during the audience question-and-answer part of the meeting. It…

Jefferson County Schools playing games with Kentucky’s scholarship money

The Courier-Journal reports the largest school district in Kentucky now joins several others in watering down its grading system so more kids will get more scholarship money from the taxpayer. Resetting the grading scale so more students will get “A’s” on their report cards does nothing to increase academic rigor in the school system. It…