Education Week: Kentucky, some other states still have high exclusion on federal tests

Corrupts validity of reading results Even though Kentucky notably improved its exclusion rate for students with learning disabilities from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading assessments in 2013, a new report from Education Week points out that the Bluegrass State still excludes far more of these special students than is typical across the…

New Report: Does Kentucky’s ‘Unbridled Learning’ school accountability program leave minorities behind?

  New Report: Does Kentucky’s ‘Unbridled Learning’ school accountability program leave minorities behind?   (LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — A new Bluegrass Institute report reveals evidence that Kentucky’s school accountability program provides inconsistent and sometimes unreliable assessments of school performance. The report, “Kentucky’s ‘Unbridled Learning,’ Unrigorous School Accountability for African-American Students?,” examines math performance for whites and African-American students in…

Brookings Institution report: Kentucky lags in engineering, technical talent

A new report from the respected Brookings Institution focuses on economic well-being related to manufacturing growth potential in the Bluegrass region, specifically the “Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement,” or BEAM region. This region includes counties in Indiana near Louisville along with Jefferson County and its surrounding counties and other counties running east to Lexington. In “Seizing…

More Cracks in the Core: Massachusetts Halts Common Core Implementation

Heritage Foundation’s blog is reporting the Massachusetts Board of Education “decided to delay implementation (of the Common Core State Standards) for two years while it compares the Common Core aligned Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests to their existing—and widely praised—Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) exam.” Massachusetts’ former standards and…

Superintendent abused system for 15 years!

And, the “system” never caught it! Several years ago, the Bluegrass Institute started warning the citizens of Kentucky that oversight of the public school district superintendents in Kentucky was highly problematic. Local boards of education in too many cases were handing out annual superintendent evaluations that just didn’t jibe with the performance in their school…