Quote(s) of the Day – Regarding the newly released 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores for math and reading

“Every American family needs to open The Nation’s Report Card this year and think about what it means for their child and for our country’s future. The results are, frankly, devastating. This country is in a student achievement crisis, and over the past decade it has continued to worsen, especially for our most vulnerable students.”…

Statement on gubernatorial candidate’s pledge to get rid of current State Board of Education members ‘on day one’

The Lexington Herald-Leader reported that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andy Beshear in a recent news conference claimed he would, if elected, appoint a new state Board of Education “on day one” and then would expect that new board would “select a new commissioner on day two.” Beshear, the state’s current attorney general, wants to replace Wayne…

Scholarship tax credits: Fact vs. fiction

Opponents of school choice often resort to misleading statements, misrepresentations and complete dishonesty to argue against giving low-and-middle-income students the chance to attend the same private schools the wealthy enjoy.  Here are the top scholarship tax credit myths debunked: 1. Scholarship tax credits will destroy the public school system Scholarship tax credits are not a…

Those large Kentucky high school graduation rates – The school-level story

I wrote recently about the fact that Kentucky’s recently reported high school graduation rates might be more due to social promotion than real improvement in education. That first blog in this series looked at overall statewide averages for a statistic we have developed called the Transition Ready Graduation Rate (TRGR). This shows the proportion of…