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…

Education Program Reviews: What will state leaders do?

I first wrote about problems with new additions to Kentucky’s Unbridled Learning school accountability program – known as the “Program Reviews” – some time ago. These problematic additions are self-scored by schools and thus are ripe for inflation in the same way Kentucky’s old Writing Portfolio element in the now defunct Commonwealth Accountability Testing System…

Bluegrass Beacon: Hopeful rhetoric adorns wall of school-choice obstructionism

House Education Committee Chairman Derrick Graham’s recent op-ed reveals his clear understanding of Kentucky’s education deficiencies. Graham, D-Frankfort, is well aware of the “persistent disparities in performance between groups of students, especially those defined as minorities, disabled or low-income.” He eloquently addresses how “students caught in the achievement gap are disproportionately from African-American, Latino and…

Opting-Out of Common Core State Standards and Testing is NOT an Option per Ky. Dept. of Ed.

I got an alert that the Kentucky Department of Education sent an advisory to all superintendents in the state that parents opting their children out of Kentucky’s Core-Content-based curriculum and tests is not allowed. However, when I tried to locate the full message on line, I was only able to access the overview of the…