WaPo: U.S. schoolchildren tumble in international reading exam rankings, worrying educators

There was lots of hand-wringing going on in Washington on Tuesday following the release of new scores from the 2016 administration of the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS). Some takeaways from the Washington Post’s coverage include: “The United States tumbled in international rankings released Tuesday of reading skills among fourth-graders, raising warning flags…

Go figure

The Rural Blog reported on November 30, 2017 that “The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is targeting the opioid epidemic in Appalachia by establishing a new field office in Louisville on Jan. 1.” You have to wonder about that. The Appalachian Regional Commission shows this region includes the following area. Louisville isn’t even in the Kentucky-Tennessee-West…

What happened when Minneapolis got some serious school choice?

There is a really interesting podcast from the Education Writers Association about a study conducted by reporters at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune about the impacts of school choice on what was once Minnesota’s largest school district. What happened is interesting. When charter schools and district to district transfers became available, it wasn’t white students that bailed…

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…