Are Kentucky’s KPREP tests starting to inflate – Part 1?

Kentucky has completed its fourth year of testing with Common-Core-State-Standards-aligned Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (KPREP) tests in reading and mathematics. Because inflation in the state’s earlier reform test programs – the first one known as KIRIS and the second as the CATS Kentucky Core Content Tests – proved problematic, it is time to…

Ed Department presentation to legislators betrays serious misunderstanding of the standards process

On Nov. 9 the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) made a presentation to the state legislature’s Elementary and Secondary Education Committee about how standards, curriculum and testing are supposedly created in Kentucky. The presentation was highly problematic. Two flow charts used in that presentation, “Implementation of New Standards” and the “Academic Standards Development Process” (both…

Achievement gaps: Is a key Kentucky legislator finally getting it?

Rep. Derrick Graham, D-Frankfort, chairman of the Kentucky House of Representative’s  Education Committee and co-chairman of the Interim Joint Committee on Education, is worried. Graham addressed his concerns about the Bluegrass State’s chronic education-achievement gaps to colleagues during the Nov. 17 meeting of the Kentucky Legislature’s Education Assessment and Accountability Review Subcommittee. Graham says the legislature…