Homeschoolers and others could soon have alternative to Common Core aligned college entrance tests

Vector A.R.C. (Assessment of Readiness for College) is looking for volunteers to participate in Beta testing of its new Vector A.R.C. college readiness test. This will happen during the Great Home School Convention – Midwest coming up during March 31–April 2, 2016. The convention will be held at the Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm…

BIPPS’ report brought up in NAACP meeting with Jefferson County Schools superintendent

WDRB reports that two days ago the NAACP put the Jefferson County Public School District (JCPS) on the hot seat for continuing minority achievement gaps and small, but excessively slow progress in general. WDRB 41 Louisville News One of the speakers at the meeting, Kathryn Wallace said, “Yes, there is progress. It’s just not coming…

Daily News Op-Ed: Kentucky’s amazing graduation and readiness rates – are they credible?

Several days ago the Daily News in Bowling Green published an editorial praising the Kentucky Department of Education’s reported rapid rise in numerous Kentucky school districts of high school graduates considered college and/or career ready. I know there are major concerns regarding the validity of these statistics and contacted the Daily News editor to discuss…

Charter school bill clears KY Senate’s Education Committee

A new bill to bring charter schools to Kentucky, Senate Bill 253, was passed in a nine-to-two vote by the Kentucky Legislature’s Education Committee yesterday amidst expected union pushback and an amazingly frank charge from Hal Heiner, Kentucky’s Secretary of Education, that the Kentucky Education Association is standing in the way of the best policies…

Courier: JCPS restrained thousands of kids, but didn’t report it

The Courier-Journal is reporting that the Jefferson County Public School District (JCPS) very seriously under-reported the number of incidents where students were restrained or secluded in its schools last year. The Courier says this data is required to be reported by state regulation. Making things more uncomfortable, the article says that the Kentucky Department of…

Jefferson County School District worried about middle school performance

They need to be worried The Courier-Journal reports that the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) board of education is conducting meetings today with a goal of doing something better for the district’s many troubled middle schools. Another article linked out of this current one reminded me that the JCPS board had voted to close the…

Jefferson County Schools’ achievement gap problems: Grade 8 KPREP Versus EXPLORE

As I wrote yesterday, it wasn’t long after the Bluegrass Institute released our new report on “Blacks Continue Falling Through the Gaps in Louisville’s Schools, the 2016 Update” before the Jefferson County Public School District (JCPS) honored us with a response. In fact, the JCPS Response came out only a few hours after our report…