Kentucky’s history with ‘performance’ assessments: Bluegrass Institute Policy Report offers ‘rest of the story’

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – A new Bluegrass Institute report, “Selling “Performance” Assessments with Inaccurate Pictures from Kentucky,” was released today in a conference call with reporters. The paper cautions state education leaders nationwide regarding growing pressure triggered by the Common Core State Standards to add “performance” testing ideas into their new school-assessment programs – especially if…

Education Week: Common Core Seen Falling Short in High School Math

Per Education Week: • “…even some of the most ardent supporters of the Common Core State Standards agree that the high school math standards have weaknesses and should be revisited.” • “One expert even claims that a standard is completely missing from the published document—one that was there in the drafts.” • “…several mathematicians have…

Missouri judge rules Common Core testing group is illegal

Says Show Me state cannot pay any money for the services In a stunning development in the on-going saga of the Common Core State Standards, Missouri Circuit Court Judge Daniel R. Green has ruled that the formation of the multi-state testing consortium known as the Smarter-Balanced Assessment Consortium violates provisions in the US Constitution as…

Educational Testing Service analysis: U.S. Millennials Trail in recent young adult testing

Educational testing service just released a new analysis of how young adults in the Unites States stack up against their counterparts in other industrialized nations. The conclusion: “…despite having the highest levels of educational attainment of any previous American generation, these young adults on average demonstrate relatively weak skills in literacy, numeracy, and problem solving…

Education commissioner worried: New minimum dropout age of 18 may lead to districts playing games with homeschooling

Were similar games already played with Kentucky’s high school graduation rates? There was a lot of “High Fiving” in Frankfort recently because the last school districts in Kentucky finally adopted a minimum high school dropout age of 18. It sounds positive. But, unfortunately, there is an obvious way for local schools to do an end…