Op-Ed shows how well-meaning parents get confused about Kentucky education

An interesting Op-Ed, authored by a Jefferson County woman named Gay Adelmann, showed up in the Courier-Journal a few days ago. Ostensibly, the article pushes Adelmann’s favored school board candidates. But, her convoluted arguments betray a considerable amount of confusion regarding which entities really control education in the commonwealth. Bluegrass Institute Scholar Gary Houchens has…

EDUCATION ROUND TABLE WITH DR. RAND PAUL: SCHOOL CHOICE

This school choice round table meets tomorrow, Tuesday October 25, 2016 at 3 pm at: Midwest Church of Christ 2115 Garland Avenue Louisville, KY Panelists Include: Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton Pastor Jerry Stephenson, Pastor Midwest Church of Christ Heather Huddleston, Executive Director of School Choice Scholarships Robert Blair, Former Headmaster at KCD and founder of…

More on the quality control problems with Kentucky’s high school diplomas – Part 3

If it did nothing else, a recently released, rather disappointing report about For All Kids, How Kentucky is Closing the High School Graduation Gap for Low-Income Students did focus attention on how Kentucky’s low-income students are faring. So, for Part 3 of our blogs about the problems with Kentucky’s high school diplomas in 2016, let’s…

Kentucky’s high school diploma quality control problems continue in 2016 – Part 1

I’ve been writing about obvious quality control problems with the award of high school diplomas in Kentucky for several years. Now, I am updating that work with results from the 2016 Unbridled Learning reports, and the situation remains very serious. Quite simply, there continues to be extensive evidence that Kentucky schools are handing out a…

KY Ed. Secretary lays it out for state board of education

“Kentucky’s Achievement Gaps: Our Collective Failure” In one of the most remarkable addresses ever from a Kentucky Secretary of Education to the Kentucky Board of Education, Secretary Hal Heiner made it crystal clear that after a quarter of a century of education reform: • “Kentucky’s gaps between the academic performance of Black and White students…

Unbridled Learning’s Writing Program Reviews still inflated

One of the major credibility issues with Kentucky’s Unbridled Learning school accountability system has been the obvious inflation in the Program Reviews. Program Reviews are self-scored by the staff in each school, which naturally sets up a chance for human nature to inflate scores. So far, that has been exactly what seems to be happening,…