State school board – STILL – needs open meetings lesson

In case you missed it, the Courier-Journal recently published my Op-Ed about “State school board needs open meetings lesson” regarding an on-going problem with the Kentucky Board of Education choosing to ignore an official Open Meetings Decision from the Kentucky Attorney General. That official decision says a state school board committee formed to help find…

Common Core, year four in Kentucky – ‘not the pattern anyone … would wish to see’

Kentucky was the first state in the nation to adopt the Common Core State Standards, doing so in February of 2010, nearly four months before the standards were even complete. Kentucky was also the first state to really force Common Core into its classrooms; it did so by initiating Common Core aligned testing in reading…

National attention focusing on Kentucky’s math professor revolt

I wrote about this about three weeks ago, and now The federalist has picked up on the math professors’ revolt in Kentucky over the plan to drop all college remedial courses and put in a fanciful notion idea of “Co-Requisite Courses” as replacements. Imagine that, we will solve the college remedial course problem by dropping…

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…