State Auditor: Jefferson County Public School District has top-heavy bureaucracy

Confirming problems many have long understood on a subjective basis, the Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts just released a huge report on the Jefferson County Public School District (JCPS). The report was actually requested by the Jefferson County Board of Education, which now might better understand its limitations in trying to control the huge bureaucratic…

School and district staff performance audits in Fleming County take a toll

I have written over the past week about the tumultuous situation in the Fleming County High School where hundreds of students walked out in protest after a state inspection team said the principal should be removed. Along the way, I learned that this school’s performance new review is indeed loaded with serious findings, but that…

Fewer Than 40 Percent of Seniors Are Prepared for College, NAEP Analysis Finds

Education Week reports that fewer than one out of four high school seniors were ready for college in 2013 according to a new report from the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The message comes only a week after new results from the 2013 administration of the NAEP…

Union admits teaching a problem but wants teachers to keep jobs, anyway!

This from WDRB: “LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — The President of the Jefferson County Teachers Association admits ineffective teaching troubled Myers Middles School, but says those teachers should keep their jobs.” This would not happen if Myers were a charter school. In charter schools principals have the authority to get rid of poor performing teachers –…

A Tale of Two Schools

Even the Prichard Committee doesn’t understand The high performing high school First, let’s talk about a very high performing high school in Kentucky’s “Unbridled Learning” school accountability program. This school’s summary of “Accountability Performance” from its 2012-13 school report card (PDF available from menus here) says this school is one of Kentucky’s best performers. In…

Closing a school, but turning it into a charter school would be much better

The Courier-Journal reports that the Jefferson County Board of Education has thrown in the towel on trying to fix the endemically troubled Myers Middle School. Essentially, Myers is going to be closed. Scheduled incoming sixth grade students this fall instead will enter a number of other schools. Myers current sixth and seventh graders, who will…

Continuing Update – ACT follows Kentucky’s lead and outlaws use of smart calculators on COMPASS tests

In a growing story, the ACT, Inc. has told the Herald-Leader that it will now outlaw use of calculators augmented with algebra software on the COMPASS college-readiness test. This provides further evidence of an assertion from Northern Kentucky University professor Steve Newman that the use of such calculators was inflating student scores. The new move…