Trouble at the Top: Long Term Trend federal testing shows high schools not making progress in education

New results are out from a long term trend tracking version of the federal National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP LTT), and the results are puzzling, at best. Unlike the “Main NAEP,” which provides state level results, the NAEP LTT only provides an overall, nationwide look at education. However, unlike the Main NAEP, the LTT…

Big day for Bluegrass Energy!

It’s been an eventful day for the Bluegrass Institute and our efforts to protect state sovereignty over the commonwealth’s energy sector! First, check out the Bluegrass Institute’s feature in today’s Louisville Courier-Journal editorial section where policy coordinator Philip Impellizzeri discusses the correct frame of reference for the EPA vs coal debate. Also watch out for…

John Garen on KET’s the Price of Poverty

Check below for the KET appearance of our very own John Garen, Ph.D., professor of economics at the University of Kentucky and chair of the Bluegrass Institute Board of Scholars! Garen appeared on the second edition of KET’s the “Price of Poverty” where panelists discussed the pressing issues keeping Kentucky’s most vulnerable stuck in the…

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…