Kentucky’s state education system takeover history

With the conversation elevating over the announcement today that Interim Commissioner of Education Dr. Wayne Lewis is recommending that the state board of education take over the Jefferson County Public School System (JCPS), a little review about another state takeover of a chronically failing school district seems in order. Kentucky took over the Floyd County…

Kentucky’s NAEP black students’ Grade 8 Math state rankings over time

What you probably never heard before A disturbing thing happened over time to Kentucky’s black students in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Grade 8 Math assessments. It’s not a happy story, but it sure is enlightening. Way back in 1990, the NAEP conducted its first ever state assessment. The lone subject evaluated was…

New NAEP shows gaps in Jefferson County Schools not improving, either

Since 2009 the Jefferson County Public School District (JCPS) has participated in the National Assessment of Educational Progress’ (NAEP) Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA). That allows us to look at the white minus black achievement gaps in JCPS with a more established and reliable test than Kentucky’s home-grown KPREP. Here is a quick summary of…

Charter school shocker! Cleveland charters do much better for black students

I wrote yesterday about the superior performance of black students in Atlanta’s charter schools on the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), but that wasn’t a total surprise because Atlanta’s charters had done well on the 2015 NAEP, too. But, this year there is a new charter school performance story, and it comes from…

What the new NAEP tells us about Atlanta’s Charter Schools

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results from late winter 2017 testing have finally been released, and one of the more interesting findings is how black charter school students in the Atlanta, Georgia school system compare to blacks attending traditional public schools in that city. This table, which shows data extracted from the NAEP…

Kentucky’s white students almost stagnant in 2017 NAEP – Grade 8 Math

Without question, one of the more unpleasant surprises for me as I uncase the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results is the disturbing picture for the state’s largest racial group, its white students. Math has been the Bluegrass State’s most challenging performance area on the NAEP for years, and Grade 8 math has…