Those large Kentucky high school graduation rates – The school-level story

I wrote recently about the fact that Kentucky’s recently reported high school graduation rates might be more due to social promotion than real improvement in education. That first blog in this series looked at overall statewide averages for a statistic we have developed called the Transition Ready Graduation Rate (TRGR). This shows the proportion of…

Do the new Kentucky School Report Cards say your school doesn’t have notable achievement gaps? Better dig deeper

There is a discussion brewing in social media about the large number of Kentucky schools that seem to have escaped any flags for having rather large achievement gaps between some student groups. I took a look at the gaps for white minus black reading proficiency rates in all our schools and found a notable number…

Bluegrass Institute commends progress toward increased KRS investment transparency

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, October 8, 2019 (FRANKFORT, Ky.) – The Bluegrass Institute Pension Reform Team issued the following statement in response to the Public Pension Oversight Board’s recent discussion regarding transparency of Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS) investment fees, which included a presentation by State Auditor Mike Harmon.  The Bluegrass Institute has always been a…

Trend in ACT 11th Grade testing in Kentucky not encouraging

The Kentucky Department of Education’s Briefing Packet for the 2018-19 assessment and accountability program has some interesting tables summarizing the statewide ACT results for each year’s class of 11th grade students. Data for the past five years, including the new 2018-19 data, is presented. Let’s look at those tables. Table A shows the ACT score…