Are Kentucky’s Common Core aligned KPREP School Assessment results starting to inflate?

The new state assessment results were released last week, and while you’ve been reading claims of progress in the media, I have some reservations. I’ve been assembling information on how the new Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (KPREP) test results for math and reading compare to other testing results for Kentucky. KPREP math and…

Courier-Journal picks up our concern about new state assessment elements

A lot of creative thinking has gone into Kentucky’s still relatively new Unbridled Learning school accountability system. However, Unbridled Learning is also running up against some tough “facts of life” that sometimes interfere with the picture this program presents about school performance. Things might get even more problematic when the new Unbridled Learning results for…

Yes, ongoing feedback in education is critical to success

So, why did the Common Core fail to include any? Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday’s blog from last week, “Feedback is critical to success,” is on target. A good education system requires feedback between all the key players in the process: those who write the standards, those who create the curriculum, those who teach,…

Report: Kentucky education technology system has technical problems

A news report from the Times-Tribune in Corbin, “W’burg school board approves new tax rate” discusses more than local tax data. According to a presentation at recent Williamsburg Independent Schools Board of Education meeting, the Kentucky Department of Education is experiencing significant problems with its “Continuous Instructional Improvement Technology System,” or CIITS. Statewide problems center…

State Auditor finds ‘chronic mismanagement’ of Fayette schools budget, finances

A long awaited audit of the Fayette County School system, which serves Lexington, Kentucky, has finally been released and some of the findings are incredibly troubling. According to the first news release from the Lexington Herald-Leader, the auditor’s findings include: • Weaknesses in budget and financial-management processes, • Administrative and management salary increases that outpace…