Kentucky’s non-public school ACT performance in 2018

Reports from the ACT, Inc. and the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) give us information about how all Kentucky students averaged together and just Kentucky’s public school students alone perform on the ACT college entrance test. However, there are no agencies reporting about ACT scores for those Kentucky students who didn’t go to public schools.…

Are high school GPAs better predictors of college performance than the ACT?

Not in Kentucky! There is an effort underway across the country and in Kentucky to reduce emphasis on and attention to the fairly disappointing scores from the ACT college entrance test. The argument being made is that high school grade point averages (GPA) are better predictors of college performance, so emphasis on the ACT is…

How history class divides us

Education Week just released an interesting article by Stephan Sawchuk with the rather pertinent title for Kentuckians of “How history class divides us” (subscription). Kentucky is currently going through the process of revising its public school social studies standards, and these standards must contain everything about history that the Bluegrass State’s students are expected to…

Innes appears on KET’s Kentucky Tonight this evening

Topic: New high school graduation requirements The Bluegrass Institute’s staff education analyst, Richard Innes, appears tonight on Kentucky Tonight to discuss the state’s new high school graduation requirements. These pending requirements will establish new quality control standards for the state’s standard high school diploma. Those requirements include new minimum competency testing in math and reading.…

Kentucky’s education standards – Now it’s your turn

The Kentucky Board of Education approved new/updated education standards for computer science, reading and writing, health, math and physical education yesterday. Now, the regulations that formalize that approval go into a 30-day public comment period, and it’s your turn to comment. Still think the math, reading and writing standards look too much like Common Core…

State Board votes to implement quality control over Kentucky’s high school diploma

Earlier today the Kentucky Board of Education voted to approve a revised regulation that for the first time implements some badly needed quality control over the Kentucky high school diploma. While the new criteria are rather modest, they at least start a process to reverse a situation we have been writing about since 2015 and…

Let’s get this straight – Plans to improve KY diploma quality didn’t just start yesterday

And, they didn’t start with the current commissioner of education, either For those who think the current proposal to increase the quality control over Kentucky’s high school diploma just got started in August, think again. Way back in February 2018 Kentucky Teacher ran, “Pruitt unveils five-point plan aimed at bolstering student achievement.” The article specifically…