College readiness improvements in Kentucky? New EXPLORE test data raise doubts

A Common Core concern New EXPLORE test results dated January 29, 2015 from the fall administration of the current 2014-2015 school term quietly appeared in the Kentucky Department of Education’s Supplemental Data web page recently. So far, there has been no news release from the department. And, there is a problem. The EXPLORE Readiness Benchmarks…

Even if Common Core were OK, resulting math curriculum materials aren’t

Education Week just published an article that says “Most Math Curricula Found to Be Out of Sync With Common Core” (Subscription?). EdWeek says the new paper from EdReports.org shows: “The first round of a Consumer Reports-style review for instructional materials paints a dismal picture of the textbook-publishing industry’s response to new standards: Seventeen of 20…

Common Core tests in Kentucky: Questioning the questions

I got a surprise yesterday when the Bluegrass Institute ran a press conference to release my new report, “Selling ‘Performance’ Assessments with Inaccurate Pictures from Kentucky.” However, the surprise wasn’t a tricky question about my report, which discusses increasing pressure in all the states to adopt state assessment models that would look very similar to…

Schools suspending students if: Parents don’t come to a Common Core meeting, For telling other students they can opt out of state testing

The Daily Caller reports that teachers in a Detroit public school have threatened students with suspension if parents don’t come to a meeting about Common Core testing. The meeting time is apparently set for the convenience of teachers without any consideration of parent ability to leave work. Imagine that – schools dictating to parents by…

Education Week: Common Core Seen Falling Short in High School Math

Per Education Week: • “…even some of the most ardent supporters of the Common Core State Standards agree that the high school math standards have weaknesses and should be revisited.” • “One expert even claims that a standard is completely missing from the published document—one that was there in the drafts.” • “…several mathematicians have…

Missouri judge rules Common Core testing group is illegal

Says Show Me state cannot pay any money for the services In a stunning development in the on-going saga of the Common Core State Standards, Missouri Circuit Court Judge Daniel R. Green has ruled that the formation of the multi-state testing consortium known as the Smarter-Balanced Assessment Consortium violates provisions in the US Constitution as…

Educational Testing Service analysis: U.S. Millennials Trail in recent young adult testing

Educational testing service just released a new analysis of how young adults in the Unites States stack up against their counterparts in other industrialized nations. The conclusion: “…despite having the highest levels of educational attainment of any previous American generation, these young adults on average demonstrate relatively weak skills in literacy, numeracy, and problem solving…

Kentucky Chamber of Commerce president David Adkisson on Right-to-Work

We’ve been posting clips from the Right-to-Work press conference held in Frankfort on February 12, 2015. Right-to-Work is a hot topic in Frankfort because the lack of this law is hurting Kentucky’s ability to attract new business. Kentucky’s Chamber of Commerce is all about business, of course, so the chamber’s president, David Adkisson’s comments are…