Kentucky’s education commissioner tells feds where to get off!

Wow! It looks like the US Department of Education has now gone too far. Even the ever-federal-tax-dollar-chasing Kentucky Department of Education has had enough! WLKY has the details of this remarkable development where federal demands for Kentucky to do nonsense things like testing with obsolete tests are getting the cold shoulder in the Bluegrass State.…

RE: Efficiency – Kentucky really might have to get honest about spending at the school level

I blogged a few days ago about “KY education is required to be Efficient!” This is actually a constitutional requirement in Kentucky. That should be sufficient, but history to date shows it has not been. Now, however, an article from the Brookings Institution indicates requirements in the new regulations for the new Every Student Succeeds…

How have English Language Learners fared under Common Core?

As we previously commented, the Courier-Journal and The Hechinger Report have collaborated on a series of articles about education in Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) during the Common Core era. We’ve already discussed the articles on achievement gaps for special education students and the one for racial minorities. In both cases, the Courier and Hechinger…

Courier-Journal and Hechinger Reports agree with us – Achievement gaps in Louisville are getting worse!

Back in February, the Bluegrass Institute released its updated report on the white minus black achievement gaps in Jefferson County schools. “Blacks Continue Falling Through Gaps in Louisville’s Schools, The 2016 Update” examined several sets of test scores to make the case that the achievement gaps in Louisville are not getting better. Now, a new…

New Stanford data points to serious achievement gaps in Louisville

A research team at Stanford University just released a huge report several days ago dealing with “Local education inequities across U.S.” The Stanford team collected testing data and other information on every school district in the nation. Then, using the National Assessment of Educational Progress as a common ruler, the Stanford team says they placed…

Michigan goes for education standards Kentucky should consider, too

It’s no secret that the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are becoming more and more controversial. So, why not adopt an already developed and proven set of state standards that produced the best education performance in the country before CCSS came along? According to the Washington Post’s education reporter, Michigan’s legislators just did that. They…