Arthur Levine: Might be better to replace teachers colleges than to try to fix them

Columbia Teachers College in New York City is one of the oldest and best-known teacher preparation institutions in the country. Selection as president there requires some degree of skill and experience, to put it mildly. And, Arthur Levine is a past president at Columbia. More recently, Levine has authored a number of remarkably candid reports…

Latest on Common Core in Kentucky: college professors report entering college freshmen are not ready

The Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) got a lot of bad news during its meeting on Wednesday, December 9, 2015. This news isn’t just bad for Kentucky. It has rather serious implications for the national Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for math and English language arts, as well. Very simply, scores are flat or in…

Are Kentucky’s KPREP tests starting to inflate – Part 4?

Kentucky has completed its fourth year of testing with the Common Core State Standards aligned Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (KPREP) tests in reading and mathematics. It is time to start asking whether or not Kentucky’s new tests are showing signs of inflation. This post closes out our examination of this important concern with…

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…