K-PREP and Unbridled Learning school testing and evaluation are here, but what does this mean? # 3

K-PREP middle school science The new Kentucky Performance Report for Educational Progress (K-PREP) test results and the Unbridled Learning school accountability scores have now been released. People are asking, “What do these new test scores show? Is the new program really more rigorous? Is it rigorous enough? Our first two blogs looked at K-PREP eighth…

K-PREP and Unbridled Learning school testing and evaluation are here, but what does this mean? #2

K-PREP middle school reading The new Kentucky Performance Report for Educational Progress (K-PREP) test results and the Unbridled Learning school accountability scores have now been released. People are asking, “What do these new test scores show? Is the new program really more rigorous? Is it rigorous enough? Our first blog looked at K-PREP eighth grade…

K-PREP and Unbridled Learning school testing and evaluation are here, but what does this mean? #1

K-PREP middle school math The new “Kentucky Performance Report for Educational Progress” (K-PREP) test results and the “Unbridled Learning” school accountability scores have now been released. People are asking, “What do these new test scores show? Is the new program really more rigorous? Is it rigorous enough? While the newspapers will undoubtedly cover the final…

K-PREP and Unbridled Learning school testing and evaluation are here, but what does this mean?

Introduction Once again, Kentucky finds itself in the national spotlight for public school testing. The reason: new “Kentucky Performance Report for Educational Progress” (K-PREP) tests in elementary and middle school reading and mathematics are the first in the nation to be fully developed around the new Common Core State Standards. Those new standards have been…

Innes speaks about education in Shelby County

The Bluegrass Institute’s staff education analyst, Richard Innes, provided an update on Kentucky’s education performance to a meeting of 25 people hosted by Shelby County Republicans on October 25, 2012. Updated with the very latest information available, Innes’ presentation makes it clear why the first test results from Kentucky’s new K-PREP assessments are expected to…

Bluegrass Beacon: A federal bailout for state pensions? Say it ain’t so!

By Jim Waters Could it be that one of the reasons Kentucky’s political leaders continue to kick the commonwealth’s can of unfunded pension-liabilities down the road is because they are counting on a bailout from the federal government?  Why not? If private companies like General Motors are too big to fail, then what’s to keep…

Bang for the Buck report helps generate action

My conversation during the Kentucky Board of Education meeting last week with Kentucky Department of Education Associate Commissioner Hiren Desai confirms our new “Bang for the Buck 2012: How efficient are Kentucky’s schools” report is helping the effort to improve education accounting activities in the state. Our report has helped local district finance folks appreciate…

End perks? Why not end legislative pensions altogether?

In a recent cn|2 Pure Politics interview, Sen. Dennis Parrett of Elizabethtown revealed that he wants to end the special pension perks granted to Kentucky state legislators. He speaks specifically about the added benefits from 2005’s HB 299. These perks should absolutely be repealed. Frankly though, the senator doesn’t go nearly as far as he should.…