Defining terms: Common core

“Common Core is set of national curriculum standards that the federal government strong-armed states into adopting. The standards erode local autonomy over education policy and are extremely costly to implement. They have also produced plenty of confused teachers, parents, and children …” –Robby Soave, Hit & Run blog (Reason)

Kentucky state researchers: Don’t use College and Career Readiness Rates as Primary Indicators

Has Common Core implications Backing up reservations we have been talking about for some time, researchers from the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission’s Office of Education Accountability (OEA) made their opinion of Kentucky’s new College and Career Ready (CCR) statistics very clear in their briefing today. This slide (Figure 1) from their Power Point presentation to…

Education Trust backs us up – Kentucky’s Unbridled Learning isn’t getting the gap picture right

Much of the morning in yesterday’s meeting of the Kentucky Board of Education was devoted to discussions of improvements needed in the state’s Unbridled Learning public school accountability program. National experts from the Education Trust told the state board some of the same things that we have been saying in our reports for more than…

Should Kentucky’s Teacher Tribunals go on trial?

The movie “Waiting for Superman” talks about a “Dance of the Lemons,” an unfortunate outcome of the fact that it is virtually impossible to fire bad educators in this country. Sometimes, bad ones are just traded to another school system – solving nothing, of course. Getting bad teachers completely out of the schoolhouse is often impossible.…

Busing won’t fix decades-old education gaps in Jefferson County

The Louisville Courier-Journal is spreading ink and electrons again regarding supposed uneven racial demographics in the Jefferson County Public Schools. This despite the fact that USA Today reports that Louisville has a better racial mix in its schools than other areas of the country. The unfortunate truth is that a better racial mix in schools…