No, most Kentucky KPREP scores are not that close to NAEP scores

The Kentucky Department of Education sent out News Release 15-051 yesterday, which contains some inaccurate information about how the state’s KPREP test compares to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). While the release claims “Kentucky Among Handful of States with Reliable Test Scores,” that might be stretching things. To begin, the term “Reliable” has…

Kentucky teachers on Common Core problems someone might not want you to hear about

We’ve heard from Frankfort (and even the Wall Street Journal) that Kentucky’s teachers are not speaking out much about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) problems. Well, maybe we are not hearing about our teachers’ issues because someone doesn’t want us to hear what’s being said. A case in point: take a look at this…

Stop Press! Commissioner search meeting now will be mostly open to public!

BIPPS questions apparently caused reflection I wrote yesterday about a problematic announcement of a short-notice meeting of the Kentucky Board of Education to evaluate and select a search firm to help find the next Kentucky Commissioner of Education. I listed a number of concerns including the fact that several of the events on the agenda…

Bluegrass Beacon: Common Core wrongly ignores higher-level courses

There’s been a lot of discussion about how the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are moving Kentucky education forward. However, while both standards seem somewhat better than the former, highly inadequate Commonwealth Accountability Testing System (CATS), I don’t think students across the Bluegrass State are getting everything lawmakers intended…

Hechinger Reports: Are the Common Core tests turning out to be a big success or a resounding failure?

Hechinger isn’t exactly a conservative operation (HQ at Columbia Teachers College in New York City), but they are increasingly raising questions about the viability of the Common Core. In their latest post, “Are the Common Core tests turning out to be a big success or a resounding failure?” this education news crew says: “Last week,…

Kentucky’s teachers union falling out of alignment with own national union members

A New York Times article says it plainly. While teachers’ unions across the country are starting to align with parents and conservatives to fight what they say is excessive testing in schools, the Times writes: “In Kentucky, where the education commissioner has said parents do not have the right to opt their children out of…