National survey shows Kentuckians have 2nd worst knowledge of history

Proposed Social Studies Standards won’t fix it, either It’s really sad. The Herald-Leader just reported how our state flunked a U.S history test in its article, “So why was Ben Franklin famous? Kentuckians flunk test of U.S. history knowledge.” The article is based on a recent report from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation that shows Kentucky…

Board of Education approves clearly problematic social studies standards

Yesterday, the Kentucky Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt new social studies standards. That’s leading to a lot of people scratching their heads and wondering what the board was thinking, because the standards that got approved are clearly problematic. I’ll be looking at a number of issues with these standards in future blogs, but…

National board overseeing NAEP Tweets up our blog about Florida and Kentucky NAEP Results

We got some interesting attention from a real source of expertise on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) – none other than the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) itself! In case you missed our 5-part blog series on how Florida and Kentucky compare on the NAEP Grade 4 reading assessments over time, here are…

News Release: Bluegrass Institute applauds Kentucky Senate for strong support of reforms to school councils

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – The Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, the commonwealth’s first and only free-market think tank, applauds the Kentucky Senate for today’s passage of legislation which will make long-overdue changes in the way public schools are governed. Senate Bill 3, sponsored by Sen. John Shickel, R-Union, brings greater equity to school-based decision making (SBDM)…

Upcoming legislative session likely to examine several Bluegrass Institute interests in education

With the 2019 session of the Kentucky Legislature opening soon, reporters around the state are commenting on likely items of consideration, and several Bluegrass Institute education-interest areas are on those lists. Within the past few days, the Bowling Green Daily News issued “State board of education will push for more power for administrators” and the…

So, what are my concerns about Kentucky’s draft social studies standards?

During the Kentucky Board of Education meeting today, board member Gary Houchens (a Bluegrass Institute Board of Scholars member, BTW) mentioned that I have concerns about the draft social studies standards revision the board is considering. Since he made that public, I think our readers deserve to see my observations paper, too. Click here to…

Education action on high school diploma quality moves forward, but slowly

The Kentucky Board of Education met today and a number of important items were on the agenda. Action was taken on a final version of a much-revised set of minimum high school graduation requirements. These have been steadily watered down as various education interests have pointed to supposed problems with earlier, notably more rigorous versions…