Yes, ongoing feedback in education is critical to success

So, why did the Common Core fail to include any? Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday’s blog from last week, “Feedback is critical to success,” is on target. A good education system requires feedback between all the key players in the process: those who write the standards, those who create the curriculum, those who teach,…

Missouri Common Core lawsuit targets testing effort

A new lawsuit targeting one of the two national efforts to create Common Core State Standards tests has just been filed in Missouri. The suit relates to Missouri’s fiscal involvement with the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), one of two federally-funded groups that are working on assessments aligned to the Common Core. It reportedly alleges…

Report: Kentucky education technology system has technical problems

A news report from the Times-Tribune in Corbin, “W’burg school board approves new tax rate” discusses more than local tax data. According to a presentation at recent Williamsburg Independent Schools Board of Education meeting, the Kentucky Department of Education is experiencing significant problems with its “Continuous Instructional Improvement Technology System,” or CIITS. Statewide problems center…

State Auditor finds ‘chronic mismanagement’ of Fayette schools budget, finances

A long awaited audit of the Fayette County School system, which serves Lexington, Kentucky, has finally been released and some of the findings are incredibly troubling. According to the first news release from the Lexington Herald-Leader, the auditor’s findings include: • Weaknesses in budget and financial-management processes, • Administrative and management salary increases that outpace…