More on the quality control problems with Kentucky’s high school diplomas – Part 4

As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog, if it did nothing else, a recently released, rather disappointing report about For All Kids, How Kentucky is Closing the High School Graduation Gap for Low-Income Students did focus attention on how Kentucky’s low-income students are faring. So, my Part 3 blog in this series took a look at…

More on the quality control problems with Kentucky’s high school diplomas – Part 3

If it did nothing else, a recently released, rather disappointing report about For All Kids, How Kentucky is Closing the High School Graduation Gap for Low-Income Students did focus attention on how Kentucky’s low-income students are faring. So, for Part 3 of our blogs about the problems with Kentucky’s high school diplomas, let’s take a…

More on the quality control problems with Kentucky’s high school diplomas – Part 2

Yesterday, we took a look at how the latest high school graduation rates in Kentucky’s school districts match up, or don’t match up, to proficiency rates on the state’s Algebra II End-of-Course Exam. We learned that there are notable discrepancies for most school districts when common sense would indicate there should be fairly close agreement…

More on the quality control problems with Kentucky’s high school diplomas – Part 1

We posted a press release yesterday about disturbing evidence the Bluegrass Institute has collected that the quality control for Kentucky’s high school diploma is very inconsistent across the state’s school districts. Today, we dig deeper into a portion of the data in one of the Excel spreadsheets included with that press release. We are going…

News release: The uneven quality of Kentucky’s high school diplomas

(LEXINGTON, Ky.) – Even as some cheer about a recent Johns Hopkins University report that claims Kentucky leads the nation for low-income students’ high school graduation rates, new research from the Bluegrass Institute raises very serious questions about the quality control behind those impressive looking numbers. In fact, it looks like thousands of the Bluegrass…

Credibility gap for Johns Hopkins graduation report deepens

Erroneous data in report misrepresents performance in several Kentucky school districts I have already written here and here about credibility problems with the recently released “For All Kids, How Kentucky is Closing the High School Graduation Gap for Low-Income Students” from Johns Hopkins University and Civic Enterprises. This week the report’s credibility slipped even more.…

New Johns Hopkins University report builds on shaky foundation

A new report from Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and Civic Enterprises is generating considerable media attention due in no small measure to a favorable Op-Ed from former Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear and a press release from the Kentucky Department of Education. Unfortunately, the attention might be rather misdirected due to a number of problems…