Lack of improvement in Jefferson County’s NAEP Grade 8 achievement gaps no surprise

I wrote yesterday about how a correct analysis of the new National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results for Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) shows that the white minus black achievement gaps in the school district really have remained essentially unchanged. That was no surprise to us, at least for the eighth graders. You see,…

Kentucky’s students generally don’t outperform national peers in math

There seems to be a slow learning curve in some sectors of our state and nation about the challenges of trying to compare NAEP data from state to state. That is definitely true with the Kentucky Department of Education’s somewhat misleading headline about the new NAEP results for 2015. The news release headline blares, “Kentucky…

Drop in Kentucky’s Grade 8 education performance shown by more than NAEP

Regular readers know that the 2015 scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) were released yesterday, and I have already posted some initial blogs about the results. Some key points: • Kentucky’s NAEP performance in both math and reading in both the fourth and eighth grades is flat in 2015 compared to the…

Attempt to dumb down Kentucky college math courses triggering revolt!

Were Common Core critics right? One of the most astonishing comments to come out of the Kentucky Board of Education’s October 6, 2015 meeting came from Bob King, the president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE). King said his group was seriously considering radical revisions to entering college courses to create a remediation-course-free…