Legislature holds hearing on School Based Decision Making (SBDM) in Kentucky

Jim Waters testifies for BIPPS KET captured today’s meeting of the Kentucky Legislature’s Interim Joint Committee on Education, which held a hearing today on the condition of SBDM in the state. You can access the video here. Jim Waters, the CEO of the Bluegrass Institute, begins his comments at about 16 minutes and 30 seconds…

Bluegrass Institute applauds ‘heroes of transparency’

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) — The Bluegrass Institute released the bipartisan list of candidates for Kentucky House and Senate seats in the 2018 General Election who publicly and courageously expressed support prior to Election Day for making the commonwealth’s public pension benefits subject to the Open Records Act by signing the organization’s Pension Transparency Pledge. “Taxpayers have…

Engage parents the right way – But Kentucky’s SBDMs are not that way

Fordham Institute says “Parental engagement: A promise, not a program” Fordham Institute’s Mike Petrilli is on to more than he knows with his latest Flypaper Blog item about “Parental engagement: A promise, not a program.” First, let’s talk about parent engagement. I learned an interesting lesson about parent engagement years ago when my older daughter…

Kentucky’s non-public school ACT performance in 2018

Reports from the ACT, Inc. and the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) give us information about how all Kentucky students averaged together and just Kentucky’s public school students alone perform on the ACT college entrance test. However, there are no agencies reporting about ACT scores for those Kentucky students who didn’t go to public schools.…

Are individual subject high school grades better predictors of college subject performance than the ACT?

Well, not in Kentucky! In case you missed my earlier blog about high school grade point averages (GPAs) versus the ACT college entrance test as predictors of college performance, there is an effort underway across the country and in Kentucky to reduce attention to the fairly disappointing scores from the ACT college entrance test. While…

Are high school GPAs better predictors of college performance than the ACT?

Not in Kentucky! There is an effort underway across the country and in Kentucky to reduce emphasis on and attention to the fairly disappointing scores from the ACT college entrance test. The argument being made is that high school grade point averages (GPA) are better predictors of college performance, so emphasis on the ACT is…

How history class divides us

Education Week just released an interesting article by Stephan Sawchuk with the rather pertinent title for Kentuckians of “How history class divides us” (subscription). Kentucky is currently going through the process of revising its public school social studies standards, and these standards must contain everything about history that the Bluegrass State’s students are expected to…