Are Kentucky’s KPREP tests starting to inflate – Part 1?

Kentucky has completed its fourth year of testing with Common-Core-State-Standards-aligned Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (KPREP) tests in reading and mathematics. Because inflation in the state’s earlier reform test programs – the first one known as KIRIS and the second as the CATS Kentucky Core Content Tests – proved problematic, it is time to…

Ed Department presentation to legislators betrays serious misunderstanding of the standards process

On Nov. 9 the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) made a presentation to the state legislature’s Elementary and Secondary Education Committee about how standards, curriculum and testing are supposedly created in Kentucky. The presentation was highly problematic. Two flow charts used in that presentation, “Implementation of New Standards” and the “Academic Standards Development Process” (both…

Achievement gaps: Is a key Kentucky legislator finally getting it?

Rep. Derrick Graham, D-Frankfort, chairman of the Kentucky House of Representative’s  Education Committee and co-chairman of the Interim Joint Committee on Education, is worried. Graham addressed his concerns about the Bluegrass State’s chronic education-achievement gaps to colleagues during the Nov. 17 meeting of the Kentucky Legislature’s Education Assessment and Accountability Review Subcommittee. Graham says the legislature…

State school board – STILL – needs open meetings lesson

In case you missed it, the Courier-Journal recently published my Op-Ed about “State school board needs open meetings lesson” regarding an on-going problem with the Kentucky Board of Education choosing to ignore an official Open Meetings Decision from the Kentucky Attorney General. That official decision says a state school board committee formed to help find…

Common Core, year four in Kentucky – ‘not the pattern anyone … would wish to see’

Kentucky was the first state in the nation to adopt the Common Core State Standards, doing so in February of 2010, nearly four months before the standards were even complete. Kentucky was also the first state to really force Common Core into its classrooms; it did so by initiating Common Core aligned testing in reading…