Are expensive, time-consuming written answer tests really necessary?

The liberal gang running Kentucky’s public education system in Frankfort have been in love with expensive and relatively unreliable written answer test question formats since the very earliest days of the Kentucky Education Reform Act of 1990. Countless times Kentuckians have been told that the only way to assess students’ higher order thinking ability is…

Media Alert: Bluegrass Institute wins appeal of open-meetings case

Attorney General: Subcommittee formed to find ed commissioner violated open-meetings law (FRANKFORT, Ky.) – Attorney General Jack Conway’s office sided with the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions in an opinion released today, agreeing that a subcommittee formed in April by the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) to find a new education commissioner failed to comply…

More bad news about the nation’s leading preschool program

Hechinger’s Reports, not exactly a conservative group, recently released “Federal report finds scant scientific evidence for effectiveness of Head Start programs” concerning the disturbing news that yet another report on the federal Head Start preschool program has been released, this one from the technically oriented What Works Clearinghouse (WWC), which analyzes reports on education for…

Legislator opposed to charter schools hears the facts

Kentucky State Representative Derrick Graham (D – Frankfort) is no fan of charter schools. As the chair of the House Education Committee, he has steadfastly blocked charter school legislation even though these public school choice options are producing significant results elsewhere. In this audio recording from the August 10, 2015 meeting of the Kentucky Legislature’s…

Do Kentuckians really overwhelmingly support the Common Core State Standards – Part 2

State board member scores Novice for understanding of random sample surveying Sadly, the fiction level around the Kentucky Core Academic Standards Challenge ratcheted up again on July 21, 2015 when the Courier-Journal published an Op-Ed from the vice chair of the Kentucky Board of Education, Jay Parrent. Parrent’s Op-Ed proclaims “4,000 comments on standards show…

If it’s accountable, local school staff will never grade their performance accurately

Kentucky’s Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGES) has problems It’s inevitable human nature: If a person’s own organization is being held accountable for job performance scores, and if the organization’s own staff self-awards those scores, then those scores are going to get inflated to the point of meaninglessness. A good example of this truth played…

KY Auditor provides fiscal advice to local school boards

Concerned with obvious problems with the way local Kentucky schools and school boards are managing their money, Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts Adam Edelen’s office has released a set of 75 suggestions for how boards can do their job more efficiently. These recommendations should be very helpful to local school board members and others who…