Prichard Committee’s praise for instructional impacts of Common Core makes no sense!

Kentucky’s Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence has always been ready to blow its happy horn for Kentucky’s schools – regardless of those schools’ actual performance. A new case in point just arrived with Prichard’s short paper, “Finding Solutions, Standards Push Students Toward Real-Life Problems.” This paper focuses on the way: “Kentucky’s standards for learning in…

Courier-Journal: ‘State: schools inflated program review scores’

Picking up and even expanding upon the issue of inflated scoring in Kentucky’s new Program Reviews for school accountability that I wrote about earlier today, the Courier-Journal in Louisville also points to the serious problems that were admitted to today in the Kentucky Board of Education’s meeting. The Courier points to telling comments from Kentucky…

Terrible, low bang-for-the-buck education idea in Louisville

Do you think building and operating a really expensive mockup of a NASA space center and mission launch control in one of our schools is a great educational idea? Well, as the Courier-Journal reports today in “Challenger Learning Center ‘on hold’ by JCPS,” the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) did exactly that. Inevitably, this costly…

Jefferson County Schools’ busing woes never end

We’ve written a ton of articles over the years about the expensive, environmentally unfriendly, and largely ineffective busing-for-integration effort that is still going on in Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) (just search our blog using “busing Jefferson County” in the search window). But, it looks like citizens of Kentucky’s biggest city just love to bang…