Kentucky teachers sound off about proposed social studies standards

I wrote a few days ago about Kentucky History Teacher of the Year (2011) Donnie Wilkerson’s testimony to the Kentucky Board of Education about problems with the state’s proposed revisions to the social studies standards. Now, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports more educators are concerned about the draft social studies standards, as well. Here are a…

Kentucky’s school funding increased constantly since KERA was enacted in 1990

The Courier-Journal just ran a story about a report out of Washington that claims Kentucky cut education spending more than most states recently. I don’t think so. This graph shows Kentucky’s total education revenue by year from the Kentucky Department of Education’s receipts and expenditures reports. As you can see, from the year prior to…

Important student proficiency rate gaps widen in new Unbridled Learning results

The new Unbridled Learning results contain some generally unhappy news about chronically problematic gaps in reading and mathematics proficiency rates between Kentucky’s white and African-American students. The table below, which captures the last two years of proficiency rate data for whites and blacks from the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress’ (KPREP) Common Core aligned…

Unbridled Learning’s ‘Program Reviews’ need reigning in

Thanks to massive numbers of way out of line, clearly inflated scores for the new Program Review element in the 2014 Kentucky Unbridled Learning school accountability program, the accountability program’s overall scores are coming into question. From school superintendents to private citizens, I am seeing and hearing compelling evidence that the Program Reviews have a…

Kentucky teacher speaks out about state’s proposed social studies standards

There was an interesting surprise during the public comment segment of the Kentucky Board of Education meeting on October 7, 2014. Donnie Wilkerson, a fifth-grade teacher at Jamestown Elementary School in Russell County, traveled to Frankfort on his own to share his deep concerns about proposed revisions to the state’s social studies education standards. Wilkerson’s comments make…

Are Kentucky’s Common Core aligned KPREP School Assessment results starting to inflate?

The new state assessment results were released last week, and while you’ve been reading claims of progress in the media, I have some reservations. I’ve been assembling information on how the new Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (KPREP) test results for math and reading compare to other testing results for Kentucky. KPREP math and…

Courier-Journal picks up our concern about new state assessment elements

A lot of creative thinking has gone into Kentucky’s still relatively new Unbridled Learning school accountability system. However, Unbridled Learning is also running up against some tough “facts of life” that sometimes interfere with the picture this program presents about school performance. Things might get even more problematic when the new Unbridled Learning results for…

Yes, ongoing feedback in education is critical to success

So, why did the Common Core fail to include any? Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday’s blog from last week, “Feedback is critical to success,” is on target. A good education system requires feedback between all the key players in the process: those who write the standards, those who create the curriculum, those who teach,…

Missouri Common Core lawsuit targets testing effort

A new lawsuit targeting one of the two national efforts to create Common Core State Standards tests has just been filed in Missouri. The suit relates to Missouri’s fiscal involvement with the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), one of two federally-funded groups that are working on assessments aligned to the Common Core. It reportedly alleges…