New Johns Hopkins University report builds on shaky foundation

A new report from Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and Civic Enterprises is generating considerable media attention due in no small measure to a favorable Op-Ed from former Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear and a press release from the Kentucky Department of Education. Unfortunately, the attention might be rather misdirected due to a number of problems…

Ironic: New report says country should look to Kentucky and Louisville for education ideas while city’s police chief charges schools are failures

A couple of days ago, Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University released a rather problematic report about “For All Kids, How Kentucky is Closing the High School Graduation Gap for Low-Income Students.” This Hopkins report says that Kentucky leads the nation in high school graduation rates for poor students and…

Jefferson County Public School District under fire for improper handling of students

The Courier-Journal reports that Kentucky Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt has ordered a major review of the student restraint situation in Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) based on gross under-reporting of restrain incidents and apparently in part due to the highly controversial injuries suffered by a 16-year-old student who was so severely restrained that both…

Rep. Jim Decesare on Workforce Problems in Kentucky

Although there has been scant coverage in the press, lately I have been hearing a fair amount of discussion in Northern Kentucky and elsewhere about skilled labor shortages. Our public education system is involved with this problem because large numbers of kids are currently getting high school diplomas but cannot demonstrate readiness for anything after…

Kentucky’s education performance ranking at issue again

Senator Higdon conducts “school” As I previously wrote, educational progress in Kentucky became an issue again during the Kentucky Legislature’s Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee meeting yesterday. Kentucky’s supposed education ranking compared to other states was one of the major topics, so it seems worthwhile to explore again some of the rich evidence this blog…

Kentucky’s Overall Progress on NAEP an Issue Again

At today’s meeting of the Kentucky Legislature’s Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee, the subject of Kentucky’s progress on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) came up again. So, I will be resurrecting and updating some earlier blogs that already deal with this information. To start, let’s look at the earliest and latest available NAEP…

PRUITT TO TESTIFY BEFORE U.S. SENATE COMMITTEE ON EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT (ESSA) IMPLEMENTATION

Of possible interest to BIPPS readers: KENTUCKY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION MEDIA ADVISORY No. 16-062 July 13, 2016 MEDIA CONTACT: Nancy Rodriguez Office: (502) 564-2000, ext. 4610 | Cell: (502) 330-5063 | E-mail: nancy.rodriguez@education.ky.gov PRUITT TO TESTIFY BEFORE U.S. SENATE COMMITTEE ON EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT (ESSA) IMPLEMENTATION (FRANKFORT, Ky.) – Kentucky Commissioner of Education Stephen…