What if Kentucky Raised Its Education Level Just a Little Bit?

KY Ed Sec says even small improvement in education could solve state’s pension, budget problems Kentucky’s Secretary of Education and Workforce Development, Hal Heiner, made a really interesting presentation to the Kentucky Board of Education today, and we think all Kentuckians should have access to those comments. Heiner says even a small improvement in the…

New schools data shows social promotion to high school diplomas remains a problem

The new Kentucky School Report Card for the 2016-17 school term has been issued, and we’ve already made some initial observations about test scores. Now it’s time to examine one of the rather few supposedly bright areas in the data – the high school graduation rates in Kentucky. The officially released data on high school…

Kentucky’s disappointing new test results – other voices – Louisville

WDRB in Louisville has looked at the new public school testing results and declares: “JCPS test scores show small regression in reading and math, but improvements among middle school students.” However, when you dig past the article’s headline, things appear even less rosy. A few example comments from the article: Only 44.5 percent of students…

Kentucky’s disappointing new test results – other voices – Northern Kentucky

As I blogged earlier, Kentucky’s new test scores are out. However, the state’s Unbridled Learning accountability system is dead, so this year, as the Kentucky Enquirer’s Hannah Sparling laments: “There are no state rankings or overall scores – the numbers that used to rank schools from best to worst. There are no labels marking schools…

New Kentucky Testing Scores – Looks like trouble for Common Core and a lot more

The 2016-17 Kentucky School Report Cards were released early today, and my first impression is that the results don’t look good. To begin, here is a quick overview of the trend in combined math and reading proficiency rate results by school level based on target goals and actual proficiency rates achieved. On this table, the…

How’s That???!!! Majority of Kentucky’s students are officially truants!!!! – Part 2

We wrote back in August about disturbing findings from a new report by the Kentucky Office of Educational Accountability (OEA) concerning “School Attendance in Kentucky.” Now, the Herald-Leader just released a nice report with maps and tables that provides more information about this mess. It is well worth your read.

How’s that? With SBDMs Kentucky doesn’t really have any public schools?

Definitions from an Ed School prof makes it seem so A recent Education Week article by Professor Sarah M. Stitzlein from the University of Cincinnati just caught my attention. Stitzlein talks about “five responsibilities schools must meet to truly be called ‘public’.” Her third criterion is: “They should be responsive to the public, enabling community…

New ACT results show Common Core not meeting promises to many Kentucky’s students

New reports came out last week on the performance of 2017’s high school graduates across the country on the ACT college entrance test. A lot of folks are especially interested in the results for Kentucky because Common Core has been in place in the Bluegrass State longer than anywhere else. Thus, Kentucky has the longest…