Mississippi fires testing contractor who made serious mistakes

Kentucky uses same contractor AP reports that Mississippi has fired NCS Pearson after that testing company made serious grading errors on high school tests that have impacted graduation for as many as 1,000 students. Some students who actually performed poorly on a high school history test erroneously got high scores while other students who actually…

Ambiguity allows officials to use tech toys, dodge sunshine laws

Bluegrass Institute Center for Open Government Director Amye Bensenhaver and President and CEO Jim Waters joined Kruser and Krew on Lexington’s NewsTalk 590 WVLK-AM  this week for a segment on Bensenhaver’s report. Sunshine laws, Bensenhaver told the afternoon radio audience, are laws that “guarantee the public’s right of access to open records…and open meetings.” The state…

BIPPS op-ed in Herald-Leader: Sunshine laws ‘showing their age’

Kentuckians are justifiably proud of their nationally recognized open meetings and records laws, popularly referred to as sunshine laws. Since the mid-1970s, these laws have enabled the public to hold their officials and agencies accountable through meetings and records access. The policies that support the laws have, as Kentucky’s Supreme Court once noted, “revealed whether…

KY Board of Ed gets bad news about projected math proficiency to 2030

The Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) was heavily engaged in discussions about the state’s new school accountability system today, and one slide, shown in Figure 1, which didn’t make anyone happy, is shown below. Figure 1 This slide shows actual average math scores from Kentucky KPREP testing in 2014 (blue bars) and 2016 (red bars)…