Kentucky is dropping teacher Master’s Degree requirement — More you should hear

It is announced that the reformed Kentucky Educational Professional Standards Board, which moved from being a separate agency to being part of the Kentucky Department of Education, has voted to drop the mandate for all Kentucky public school teachers to earn a Master’s Degree by their 10th year in the classroom. This move is generating…

In search of an accurate picture of Kentucky’s public education performance

It’s amazing. In the space of just two days, Kentuckians have been treated to not one, but two separate examples of how hard it is to find really incisive research about how our commonwealth’s public school system truly performs. The first example came during Monday’s “Kentucky Tonight” show on KET: At 5 minutes 30 seconds…

Kentucky’s real progress (?) on the National Assessment of Educational Progress – Obviously needed update Part 2

As mentioned in the first blog in this series, I had a chance to participate on August 13, 2018 on KET’s Kentucky Tonight program on education, and it was an interesting time. Three minutes into the broadcast, show guest Dr. Steven Gordon mentioned that in a new report he co-authored with BIPPS Scholar Dr. John…

Kentucky’s real progress (?) on the National Assessment of Educational Progress – Obviously needed update

I had a chance to participate last night on KET’s Kentucky Tonight program on education,and it was an interesting time. Three minutes into the broadcast, show guest Dr. Steven Gordon mentioned that in a new report he co-authored with BIPPS Scholar Dr. John Garen that they found test score gains in Kentucky had only been…

Kentucky’s Priority Schools all going away…or are they?

One of the more important features of the impending revision to Kentucky’s public school assessment and accountability program is the ending of the state’s current Priority Schools program, which started life back in 2010 as the Persistently Low-Achieving Schools program. Since its inception in 2010, a total of 47 schools have entered Priority/Persistently Low-Achieving status,…

It’s Legal: Puerto Rico students and parents get more school choice because its about aid to needy families, not schools

The American Federation for Children reports the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico just issued a ruling that their hurricane-ravaged island’s new law expanding charter schools and vouchers to private schools is legal and constitutional. This throws cold water on a Puerto Rican teachers’ union effort to have the new school choice law declared unconstitutional. The…

Financial Literacy – It’s hard to teach if kids don’t understand math

A new article in Kentucky Forward talks about “Pew Trusts: It’s hard to manage your credit when you’ve never been taught about ‘interest.’” The article mentions a new Kentucky law that will finally require our schools to teach students something about credit and finances – beginning in 2020 – but that comes awfully slowly since…

Bensenhaver addresses AOC audit, fallout: Judiciary should ‘heed its own words’

The first-ever audit of the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) by State Auditor Mike Harmon was the subject of today’s meeting of the Budget Review Subcommittee on Justice and the Judiciary in Frankfort. Harmon’s audit raises issues identified in “Shining the Light On Kentucky’s Sunshine Laws: A Proposal for Legislative Revision,” a 2017 report by the…