Bill introduced to eliminate the Common Core and the Next Generation Science Standards in Kentucky

House Bill 215, which would eliminate the use of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in Kentucky, was introduced last week in the Kentucky legislature. The bill description in the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission’s web site says: “Create a new section to KRS Chapter 158 to prohibit the…

USA Today Publishes BIPPS: Opposing Cigarette Tax Increases

Bluegrass Institute President Jim Waters was asked to provide the Opposing View for Thursday’s lead editorial in USA Today. He makes the case against raising cigarette taxes to reduce smoking rates. “Education, making smoking less culturally acceptable and appealing to citizens’ personal responsibility have been effective in reducing smoking, particularly among the young,” he writes.…

‘Too much of the public education dollars don’t make it to the people who are on the front lines, the classroom teachers’

CN|2’s Ryan Alessi recently interviewed James Comer (R), Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture, about budget issues in the now open Kentucky legislative session, and Comer was quick to point to a major push for funding changes in education. However, Comer didn’t call for more revenue. Instead, he pointed out that a lot of our education dollars…

Is Unbridled Learning becoming a bad ride for students?

The final Unbridled Learning accountability classifications for Kentucky’s public schools were released on September 27, 2013. That September release was already very late. Under the score reporting provisions of Senate Bill 1 from the Kentucky 2009 Regular Legislative Session: “Beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, the reporting requirement in this subsection shall be no later…

Federal testing – Trouble in River City

Jefferson County math scores on federal testing look problematic New scores for major urban school districts from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) were released today, and it looks like more trouble for Louisville and Jefferson County. I put this first table together using the NAEP Data Explorer statistical significance test tools. It shows…

Education Week: Analysis of big federal grant program for lowest-performing schools sends mixed signals

About 1/3 of the schools getting massive federal funding didn’t improve Conversion to charter schools outperformed other models Several years ago, the US Department of Education started the massively funded “School Improvement Grant” or SIG program to identify and improve what came to be known as the nation’s “Persistently Low Achieving Schools” (recently renamed “Priority…