Prichard analyst now admits Kentucky has a major school achievement gap problem

Sounding more like a BIPPS scholar than a member of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, Prichard analyst Susan Perkins Westin just had a rather interesting Op-Ed published in the Lexington Herald-Leader. She points out that a bill passed in 2002 to address the achievement gaps situation in Kentucky’s public schools has been largely ignored…

Governor Bevin calling for charter school legislation in 2017

WKMS public broadcast radio from Murray State University says that Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin is calling for charter school legislation for the Bluegrass State in 2017. And, it looks like Kentucky could get financial help to establish charters from the federal government. Even the Prichard Committee admits that Kentucky’s chronic achievement gaps continue after more…

Johns Hopkins gets honest about altering federal data – sort of

It took a lot of questioning and independent research, but the authors of a recent report from Johns Hopkins University called “For All Kids, How Kentucky is Closing the High School Graduation Gap for Low-Income Students” finally admitted – only after we collected some rather compelling evidence – that they altered high school graduation rate…

Are Henderson County students being short-changed in math preparation?

Do Common Core State Standards Play a Role? News articles about 2016 ACT performance in individual school districts are starting to appear, and a comment from the Henderson Gleaner’s coverage of the Henderson County Public School District’s scores caught my eye. Per the Gleaner: “While Algebra II is a graduation requirement, most Henderson students don’t…

2016 ACT: KY Public School Only Achievement Gaps

We took a look last Wednesday at Kentucky’s ACT college entrance test achievement gaps computed across all the state’s students from public, private and home schools combined. The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) also released some data about the Kentucky public school graduates’ 2016 ACT performance, and that data allows a limited (Composite Score Only)…

Wow! Even Prichard Committee agrees: ACT scores show Kentucky needs more work!

The title of the Prichard Committee’s blog says it nicely. “ACT results show far too few Kentucky high school graduates have academic preparation they need for postsecondary pursuits.” No, we didn’t write this for them. But, we agree. Clearly, Kentucky needs some fresh ideas. While the Prichard Committee probably won’t ever include charter schools in…

2016 ACT: KY Public and Non-Public Scores

Our Wednesday, August 24, 2016 blogs only cover overall average scores for all students from public, private and home schools combined. Today, we dig deeper into the data, looking at performance over time separately for Kentucky’s overall student scores, public school only scores, and non-public school only scores (including both private and home school students…

Physics? Forget it in more than half of Kentucky’s high schools!

Education Week just reported on an astonishing study of the proportion of high schools in each state that offer high school physics. With all the “Happy Talk” we’re hearing from educators about getting kids ready for careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and given that physics is essential to enter those STEM careers,…