New school spending data released from KY Dept. of Ed. – But it doesn’t look right

The Kentucky Department of Education recently filled in the long-missing spending per student data in its Kentucky School Report Cards database for 2016-17, and it also recently posted the Revenue and Expenditure Report online for the same school year. But, as in the past, the numbers still don’t look right. In his weekly column, carried…

What the new NAEP tells us about DC’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 several large cities compare to their non-charter counterparts. I’ve already discussed Atlanta, Georgia and Cleveland, Ohio and now this blog looks at the District…

List of former JCPS leaders calling for state takeover grows

Insider Louisville just posted a rather interesting article that discusses two former Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) leaders now in the “fight for JCPS takeover.” The first individual is Tom Hudson, the former chief business officer for JCPS. Hudson has been highly active in the Op-Ed world recently, penning at least two articles in the…

News Release: Institute’s Center for Open Government prevails in circuit court dispute regarding House’s secret pension meeting

For Immediate Release: May 14, 2018 (FRANKFORT, Ky.) — A Franklin Circuit Court judge has ruled in favor of the Bluegrass Institute Center for Open Government’s claim that the Kentucky House of Representatives illegally conducted a closed meeting to discuss public pension reform. Judge Thomas D. Wingate rejected the House’s claim that a closed meeting…

Why do our schools consistently avoid the most successful teaching approaches – The research problem

When I first started looking at education research back in 1994, I saw all sorts of educators’ claims that they really understood how children learned. It didn’t take long to develop a rather strong, though subjectively based, opinion that there actually seemed to be remarkably little scientifically-based research to support claims about the many education…

Jefferson County’s NAEP performance – some of the rest of the story

On May 8, 2018 the Jefferson County Board of Education heard a briefing about how their district performed on the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) participated in the Trial Urban District Assessment part of the NAEP. The board heard only part of the story, however. The presenters played…

Quote of the Day responding to “Why do our schools consistently avoid the most successful teaching approach of all” blogs

“I agree…..I Remember even before I retired in 2016….when I tried to have students “discover” ….they just looked at me exhausted and said…”just tell us, we want to know what the right answer is…you know more than we do” (the way colleges prepare teachers now I wonder if that’s true …when I had student teachers…

Why do our schools consistently avoid the most successful teaching approach of all – Part 4

I started this series several months ago with “Why do our schools consistently avoid the most successful teaching approach of all?” Today I add the fourth blog to the series, and the inspiration comes, shock of shocks, from the far from conservative The Atlantic, proving once again that education isn’t a liberal or conservative issue.…

Why do our schools consistently avoid the most successful teaching approach of all – Continued

About two and a half months ago, I wrote about “Why do our schools consistently avoid the most successful teaching approach of all?” That blog discussed the mystery behind Kentucky’s public schools consistently avoiding the most successfully researched approach to education, a program called Direct Instruction, which firmly plants teachers as a “Sage on the…