Kentucky’s Effective High School Graduation Rate

In his farewell interview with the Kentucky School Boards Association, now-departed Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday touted the increase in college readiness in Kentucky as his shining achievement, saying: “To this day, we’ve gone from 34 percent being college ready to this year when we will exceed 67 percent.” That got me thinking about…

Kentucky home schoolers shut down attempt to violate their privacy

This past summer the Home School Legal Defense Association jumped into a nasty attempt by Gallatin County Public Schools to intrude into the homes of local home schools. During the summer, a letter from the Gallatin County Public School District went out to all of the county’s homeschooling parents. The letter threatened a number of…

ABC News: Common Core fails major goal – Test results not comparable across states

The news article is pretty self-explanatory. It says: “What began as an effort to increase transparency and allow parents and school leaders to assess performance nationwide has largely unraveled, chiefly because states are dropping out of the two testing groups and creating their own exams.” ABC News also says: “Even when all the results are…

Bluegrass Beacon — Conway gets it right: State board violates open-meetings law

Attorney General Jack Conway is right: the state Board of Education violated Kentucky’s open-meetings law when an ad hoc committee it hastily created in April conducted business in unannounced, closed-session conditions while hiring a search firm to aid in finding a replacement for outgoing commissioner Terry Holliday. State board chairman Roger Marcum indicated in a…

How Kentucky’s dominant racial group compares against their counterparts on the 2015 ACT

Now that I have explained why you have to break the ACT data out by race before you start ranking against other states, let’s look at how Kentucky’s white high school graduates of 2015 (includes all school types: public, private and home school combined) stack up against whites in other states that tested all their…