Throwing money at failing public schools has not helped

Education Next has a short, but attention-grabbing article up about “In the News: $773 Million Later, de Blasio Ends Signature Initiative to Improve Failing Schools.” But, the article touches on more than the massive failure in New York City, pointing out in general that the massively funded School Improvement Grant program from the Obama era…

National survey shows Kentuckians have 2nd worst knowledge of history

Proposed Social Studies Standards won’t fix it, either It’s really sad. The Herald-Leader just reported how our state flunked a U.S history test in its article, “So why was Ben Franklin famous? Kentuckians flunk test of U.S. history knowledge.” The article is based on a recent report from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation that shows Kentucky…

Board of Education approves clearly problematic social studies standards

Yesterday, the Kentucky Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt new social studies standards. That’s leading to a lot of people scratching their heads and wondering what the board was thinking, because the standards that got approved are clearly problematic. I’ll be looking at a number of issues with these standards in future blogs, but…

National board overseeing NAEP Tweets up our blog about Florida and Kentucky NAEP Results

We got some interesting attention from a real source of expertise on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) – none other than the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) itself! In case you missed our 5-part blog series on how Florida and Kentucky compare on the NAEP Grade 4 reading assessments over time, here are…