Can it be even the Kentucky’s Legislature doesn’t value state’s high school diplomas – More information

I wrote earlier that the Herald-Leader reported a few days ago that Kentucky now requires candidates to produce a high school transcript proving completion of the 12th grade to be shown to county clerks when registering to run for a local school board position. The Herald-Leader says nothing about a high school diploma being acceptable.…

Can It be Even Kentucky’s Legislature Doesn’t Value State’s High School Diplomas?

The Herald-Leader reported a few days ago that Kentucky now requires candidates to produce a high school transcript proving completion of the 12th grade to be shown to county clerks when registering to run for a local school board position. The Herald-Leader says nothing about a high school diploma being acceptable. The article says only…

Getting it exactly backwards on GPAs versus ACT test scores and what it should take to graduate high school

The Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) just posted their comments on a proposed set of changes to the Kentucky high school graduation requirements. In their comments, the KSBA takes issue with the planned use of the ACT college entrance test results as one of a number of ways that Kentucky’s students can show they meet…

More on yesterday’s hearing about SBDM in Kentucky

As we mentioned earlier, Jim Waters, the CEO of the Bluegrass Institute, was among those who testified yesterday to the Kentucky Legislature’s Interim Joint Committee on Education about problems with Kentucky’s very unique approach to public school governance know as School Based Decision Making (SBDM) (You can access the KET video of the entire hearing…

Legislature holds hearing on School Based Decision Making (SBDM) in Kentucky

Jim Waters testifies for BIPPS KET captured today’s meeting of the Kentucky Legislature’s Interim Joint Committee on Education, which held a hearing today on the condition of SBDM in the state. You can access the video here. Jim Waters, the CEO of the Bluegrass Institute, begins his comments at about 16 minutes and 30 seconds…

Kentucky’s non-public school ACT performance in 2018

Reports from the ACT, Inc. and the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) give us information about how all Kentucky students averaged together and just Kentucky’s public school students alone perform on the ACT college entrance test. However, there are no agencies reporting about ACT scores for those Kentucky students who didn’t go to public schools.…

Are high school GPAs better predictors of college performance than the ACT?

Not in Kentucky! There is an effort underway across the country and in Kentucky to reduce emphasis on and attention to the fairly disappointing scores from the ACT college entrance test. The argument being made is that high school grade point averages (GPA) are better predictors of college performance, so emphasis on the ACT is…

How history class divides us

Education Week just released an interesting article by Stephan Sawchuk with the rather pertinent title for Kentuckians of “How history class divides us” (subscription). Kentucky is currently going through the process of revising its public school social studies standards, and these standards must contain everything about history that the Bluegrass State’s students are expected to…