New poll shows strong majority favor school choice; Democrats on board, too!

A new national poll from the American Federation for Children shows a solid majority of likely voters in the United States favor school choice. Some key findings: – 69 percent support school choice, including 45 percent who strongly support it while 27 percent oppose it – 63 percent support private school choice, specifically “opportunity scholarships,…

Suspension chaos in Louisville’s “reformed” problem middle schools

Could a charter school system have worked better? Louisville’s Robert Frost Middle School and Myers Middle School have been a major problem for years. Frost was tagged as a Persistently Low-Achieving School (PLAs) in the very first “Cohort” named in the spring of 2010. Myers followed into Persistently Low-Achieving status about a year and a…

Don’t charter schools perform about the same as regular public schools?

We hear the question in this blog’s title a lot. It’s based on findings in a number of reports about charter schools such as the now famous (infamous?) 2009 CREDO study, “Multiple Choice: Charter School Performance in 16 States.” The claim that only 17 percent of charter schools outperform traditional public schools comes from that…

Kentucky’s true achievement gap problem: Part 6, Kentucky Testing Summary

Last week we examined Kentucky’s chronic problem with white versus black academic achievement gaps. We learned the problem is very long term from evidence in the National Assessment of Educational Progress. We saw that EXPLORE, PLAN and even the ACT college entrance testing in Kentucky along with the Bluegrass State’s own KPREP testing show serious…

Kentucky’s true achievement gap problem: Part 5, KPREP Testing Reveals Lots of Gaps, as Well

This week we have examined Kentucky’s long-term problem with white versus black academic achievement gaps. We learned the problem is very long term from evidence in the National Assessment of Educational Progress. We saw that more recently three tests from ACT, Inc., show serious and growing gap problems for our eighth and tenth grade students…

Governor claims Kentucky education is back with a vengeance, next day the state’s ranking in Education Week report plummets

Kentuckians heard it until it came out of their ears. The 2013 edition of Education Week newspaper’s annual Quality Counts report dubiously ranked Kentucky’s education at 10th best in the nation. We heard this 10th place stuff from major newspapers. We heard it from the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. We heard it from the Kentucky…