US (still) spends more on education than any other nation

No surprise, but a new report from the Associated Press (picked up by Education Week) says: • “The United States spends more than other developed nations on its students’ education each year…” • “When researchers factored in the cost for programs after high school education such as college or vocational training, the United States spent…

Another report inflates Kentucky’s education progress

A new report from Education Sector Reports, “The New State Achievement Gap: How Federal Waivers Could Make It Worse—Or Better,” makes some pretty glowing comments about Kentucky’s educational progress between 2003 and 2011 on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Naturally, without pausing for any reflection, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) jumped all…

African-American pastors: JCPS means Just Caucasian Pupils Succeed!

Demanding to make the contract negotiations between the teachers’ union and the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) more open to the public, African-American pastors in Louisville have made it very clear – they are totally fed up with the school district’s endemic under-performance for children of color. WDRB 41 Louisville – News, Weather, Sports Community…

Former Massachusetts Senate president recognizes Common Core is a step back for his state

The Boston Globe just ran an interesting Op-Ed from Tom Birmingham, the former head of the Massachusetts Senate. Birmingham discusses the new Common Core State Standards, which have replaced Massachusetts’ former very excellent public school education standards: “I also fear that universal high standards and objective assessments are being jettisoned in favor of a return…

New report: NextGen Science Standards inferior to many states own standards

The new, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) don’t exactly shine in a new, Fordham Institute report on state science standards. Says Fordham, the NGSS are: “…clearly inferior to those of twelve states and the District of Columbia, as well as the NAEP and TIMSS frameworks.” Fordham awarded the NGSS a rather unimpressive “C,” scarcely much…

Kentucky not-so-fun fact of the day

Did you know that each individual in the commonwealth is on the line for over $3,300 as a result of Kentucky’s indebtedness? According to a recent release from the Tax Foundation, Kentucky’s state debt per capita blows neighboring Tennessee’s right out of the water, and that’s not a good thing. That’s because Tennessee is the…

Innes addresses Kentucky Legislature’s Interim Education Committee on Transparency Problems with Common Core State Standards

BIPPS staff education analyst Richard Innes addressed the Interim Joint Education Committee today on transparency problems with the common core state standards. The text from Innes’ presentation was posted earlier today in another blog, and you can learn still more about these issues and access the documents Innes mentions in the freedomkentucky.org wiki item on…