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…

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…