Bluegrass Beacon: Common Core wrongly ignores higher-level courses

There’s been a lot of discussion about how the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are moving Kentucky education forward. However, while both standards seem somewhat better than the former, highly inadequate Commonwealth Accountability Testing System (CATS), I don’t think students across the Bluegrass State are getting everything lawmakers intended…

Hechinger Reports: Are the Common Core tests turning out to be a big success or a resounding failure?

Hechinger isn’t exactly a conservative operation (HQ at Columbia Teachers College in New York City), but they are increasingly raising questions about the viability of the Common Core. In their latest post, “Are the Common Core tests turning out to be a big success or a resounding failure?” this education news crew says: “Last week,…

Kentucky’s teachers union falling out of alignment with own national union members

A New York Times article says it plainly. While teachers’ unions across the country are starting to align with parents and conservatives to fight what they say is excessive testing in schools, the Times writes: “In Kentucky, where the education commissioner has said parents do not have the right to opt their children out of…

Claim: Kentucky Students With More Exposure To Common Core Standards Learn Faster – Really?

Do Kentucky’s students with more exposure to Common Core really learn faster? This question arose thanks to a recent Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded report from the American Institutes for Research (AIR). That AIR report cites supposed “faster progress in learning” of students in Kentucky following the state’s changeover to the use of Common…

From the Bluegrass Institute Board of Scholars – Getting serious about education reform: Empower principals and parents

By Gary W. Houchens, Ph.D. Bluegrass Institute Scholar Kentuckians are concerned about the quality of their schools and so, like many other states, the commonwealth has focused a lot of attention recently on improving its teacher evaluation system. Research is clear that the quality of the classroom teacher is one of the single biggest contributors…