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…

National attention focusing on Kentucky’s math professor revolt

I wrote about this about three weeks ago, and now The federalist has picked up on the math professors’ revolt in Kentucky over the plan to drop all college remedial courses and put in a fanciful notion idea of “Co-Requisite Courses” as replacements. Imagine that, we will solve the college remedial course problem by dropping…

Lack of improvement in Jefferson County’s NAEP Grade 8 achievement gaps no surprise

I wrote yesterday about how a correct analysis of the new National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results for Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) shows that the white minus black achievement gaps in the school district really have remained essentially unchanged. That was no surprise to us, at least for the eighth graders. You see,…

Kentucky’s students generally don’t outperform national peers in math

There seems to be a slow learning curve in some sectors of our state and nation about the challenges of trying to compare NAEP data from state to state. That is definitely true with the Kentucky Department of Education’s somewhat misleading headline about the new NAEP results for 2015. The news release headline blares, “Kentucky…

Drop in Kentucky’s Grade 8 education performance shown by more than NAEP

Regular readers know that the 2015 scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) were released yesterday, and I have already posted some initial blogs about the results. Some key points: • Kentucky’s NAEP performance in both math and reading in both the fourth and eighth grades is flat in 2015 compared to the…

Effective High School Graduation Rates indicate too much social promotion in Kentucky

Situation is much worse for black students Back in early September I introduced our readers to a new concept in high school graduation rate reporting for Kentucky that I dubbed the “Effective High School Graduation Rate.” My September 4, 2015 blog, “Kentucky’s Effective High School Graduation Rate,” provides a detailed explanation of this calculation, but…