New schools data shows social promotion to high school diplomas remains a problem

The new Kentucky School Report Card for the 2016-17 school term has been issued, and we’ve already made some initial observations about test scores. Now it’s time to examine one of the rather few supposedly bright areas in the data – the high school graduation rates in Kentucky. The officially released data on high school…

Kentucky’s disappointing new test results – other voices – Louisville

WDRB in Louisville has looked at the new public school testing results and declares: “JCPS test scores show small regression in reading and math, but improvements among middle school students.” However, when you dig past the article’s headline, things appear even less rosy. A few example comments from the article: Only 44.5 percent of students…

Kentucky’s disappointing new test results – other voices – Northern Kentucky

As I blogged earlier, Kentucky’s new test scores are out. However, the state’s Unbridled Learning accountability system is dead, so this year, as the Kentucky Enquirer’s Hannah Sparling laments: “There are no state rankings or overall scores – the numbers that used to rank schools from best to worst. There are no labels marking schools…

New Kentucky Testing Scores – Looks like trouble for Common Core and a lot more

The 2016-17 Kentucky School Report Cards were released early today, and my first impression is that the results don’t look good. To begin, here is a quick overview of the trend in combined math and reading proficiency rate results by school level based on target goals and actual proficiency rates achieved. On this table, the…

Rick Pitino, Bobby Knight and the meetings that sealed their fates

What, besides the obvious, do University of Louisville Coach Rick Pitino and former Indiana University Coach Bobby Knight have in common? Both were the subjects of secret university trustees’ meetings concerning their continued employment at their respective universities. And in the case of each coach, the universities they served were — or are being —…

Update on what US Census shows about changes in education funding in Kentucky since KERA began – 2017

Out in the Twitter world I was recently challenged about Kentucky throwing more money at the education system since KERA began, so I thought an update on exactly how much education funding has increased in Kentucky would be worth adding to the blog. One of the better, long-running sources of state education funding data is…

How’s That???!!! Majority of Kentucky’s students are officially truants!!!! – Part 2

We wrote back in August about disturbing findings from a new report by the Kentucky Office of Educational Accountability (OEA) concerning “School Attendance in Kentucky.” Now, the Herald-Leader just released a nice report with maps and tables that provides more information about this mess. It is well worth your read.