Pioneer Institute: “College- And Career-Ready” National Math Standards Prepare Students For Only Non-Selective Colleges

High school graduates won’t be prepared to pursue four-year degrees in science, technology, engineering, or math (From Pioneer’s Press Release) BOSTON – National mathematics standards adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia that supporters say are designed to make high school graduates “college- and career-ready” and improve the critical science, technology, engineering and…

Education Week’s “Take” on Kentucky’s latest CCSS-aligned reading and math test results

Education Week picked up the story on the new results from Kentucky’s Common Core State Standards (CCSS) aligned K-PREP math and reading tests. Kentucky’s progress is being closely watched around the country because we are the first state to start testing with Common Core aligned assessments. EdWeek points out that there have been small score…

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

I wrote yesterday about the new results from Kentucky’s Common Core State Standards based reading assessment. Now, let’s look at similar results for mathematics. This first graph shows the percentages of white and African-American students who scored “Proficient” or more on Kentucky’s new CCSS-aligned Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) math tests. The data…

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…

Bluegrass Institute’s Kentucky Legislative Economics Seminar: Maurice McTigue

Here is a great presentation from the Honorable Maurice McTigue, former member of the New Zealand Parliament and economics expert at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. McTigue offers advice to Kentucky legislators and citizens on how the state can improve its lack-luster economic performance using common sense ideas that have worked in other…

Common Floor?

Upscale Douglas County, Colorado’s school district has a remarkably outspoken superintendent named Liz Celania-Fagen. To put it mildly, Ms. Celania-Fagen isn’t impressed with the Common Core State Standards, which she calls “Common Floor.” A recent National Review On Line article reports: “Celania-Fagen thinks the controversial Common Core standards were written ‘with good intentions to help…

The REAL employment situation: The Labor Force Participation Rate

The real key to the true unemployment situation in the United States is the US Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) “Labor Force Participation Rate” statistic. It is defined in the BLS web site as: “Labor force participation rate” The labor force as a percent of the civilian noninstitutional population. In other words, this is the…