Kentucky’s Common Core testing in 2013 shows minority gaps increasing, AMOs missed – Reading

UPDATED FOR CHANGED DATA FROM KDE! The new test scores from Kentucky’s Common Core State Standards (CCSS) aligned tests in reading and mathematics were released on Friday, and I have started to look at the proficiency rate data for white and black students. The results are troubling. This first graph shows the percentages of white…

Florida’s governor throws down the gauntlet on Common Core and federal intrusion into education

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Florida’s Governor Rick Scott has withdrawn his state from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for Colleges and Careers testing consortium that is developing Common Core State Standards tests. Scott is going further, however. The Sentinel reports Scott’s press release says: “We agree that we should say ‘yes’ to high…

Kentucky more than $71 billion in the hole thanks to unfunded public pension liabilities

A new report from State Budget Solutions demonstrates what Kentuckians have known for years: fundamental reform must be made to our public pension systems if Kentucky is to remain a competitive state for business investment and economic growth. According to the new report, titled “Promises Made, Promises Broken – The Betrayal of Pensioners and Taxpayers,”…