The inconsistency in the state board of education’s ill-advised termination of its finance committee

I wrote on January 17, 2020 about a really bad action by the dubiously reconstituted Kentucky Board of Education (KBE), which just terminated its Finance Committee last week. As I pointed out in that blog, the terminated committee was engaged in some extremely important and badly-needed technical work to improve the currently very troubled state…

Improved education financial transparency now at risk thanks to new state board’s decision

The questionably reconstituted Kentucky Board of Education isn’t wasting much time putting to waste one of the more important efforts of the board that was improperly replaced. Multiple reporters Tweeted out from the new board’s meeting today that the Finance Committee initiated by the ousted board is being disbanded. That’s a huge mistake. There are…

Bill to return rationality to governance of Kentucky’s schools filed

Senate Bill 7, an act relating to school councils, has been filed in the Kentucky Legislature by Kentucky State Senator John Schickel and nine other leading senators. The bill will make some badly needed revisions to Kentucky’s highly problematic School Based Decision Making (SBDM) system for governing the state’s public schools. Some of these major…

ACT for Kentucky’s public and non-public school students over the years

One of our more consistently requested reports Years ago, I started computing scores to answer a frequent question: How do Kentucky’s non-public school students, those in private, parochial and home schools, do on the ACT. The ACT, Inc. does not directly report scores for the non-public group of high school graduates. The ACT, Inc’s own…

New NAEP shows charter schools in Atlanta make difference for black students, and it’s getting better!

Despite a lot of hand-wringing about the new, generally disappointing results in the National Assessment of Educational Progress’ (NAEP) reading and math results for 2019, there is a real bright spot regarding Atlanta’s charter schools. Without question, black students who attend Atlanta’s charter schools do notably better than black students who attend that city’s traditional…

NAEP 2019 – How does Kentucky really compare to other states? Grade 8 Math

This is the final blog in this series comparing Kentucky’s performance on the NAEP to other states. I provided some cautions in the first blog, which had Grade 4 reading results, about why comparisons of state performances with the National Assessment of Educational Progress using all student average scores ignores major differences in student demographics…