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…

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…

Herald-Leader editorial calls for Bluegrass Area Development District transparency

Transparency efforts seem to be a theme in Kentucky as of late. I, for one, like this trend and hope that it continues. The Lexington Herald-Leader’s editorial page called for Auditor Adam Edelen to look into the spending practices of the Bluegrass Area Development District. I don’t know many specifics about their reasoning other than…

Dubious Assertion in Next Generation Science Standards

The Kentucky Board of Education voted yesterday to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards for use in Kentucky’s public schools without even questioning this particularly problematic part of the package (which was brought to the attention of several board members before the meeting): ESS3.D: Global Climate Change • Human activities, such as the release of…

Jefferson County Teachers’ contract negotiations have started, Part 1

There is no shortage of discussion about this highly restrictive contract I ran into Donna Hargens, the superintendent of the Jefferson County Public School District at yesterday’s meeting of the Kentucky Board of Education. I wished her well as she starts what could be the most important teacher’s contract negotiation in Jefferson County Schools’ history.…

Michigan delays Common Core State Standards implementation

Meanwhile, Kentucky Board of Education reaffirms commitment to Common Core National Review on Line is reporting that “Michigan Delays Common Core Implementation.” So, Michigan has joined Pennsylvania and Indiana in placing holds on their Common Core adoption processes. I am also seeing reports that Wisconsin is getting ready to place some sort of restrictions on…