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…

State Auditor finds ‘chronic mismanagement’ of Fayette schools budget, finances

A long awaited audit of the Fayette County School system, which serves Lexington, Kentucky, has finally been released and some of the findings are incredibly troubling. According to the first news release from the Lexington Herald-Leader, the auditor’s findings include: • Weaknesses in budget and financial-management processes, • Administrative and management salary increases that outpace…

Taking liberty to the airwaves: BIPPS president Jim Waters on WLAP Thursday morning

Bluegrass Institute president Jim Waters will appear on the Leland Conway Show on Lexington’s NewsRadio 630 WLAP-AM on Thursday at 8:05 a.m. to talk about the federal government’s handouts of surplus military equipment to local police departments. Also, what about that fancy jet the governor’s office was given. Of course, someone paid for that plane, which, even…

Louisiana’s governor says Feds violating nation’s education laws, sues

Charges similar to ones being made by Kentucky’s education commissioner I wrote several days ago about claims from Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday that the US Department of Education (USED) is overstepping its bounds and violating laws by trying to dictate education policy to Kentucky. It looks like Kentucky isn’t the only place where…

Education commissioner opens season for public comment on Kentucky’s version of the Common Core State Standards

Kentucky was the first state to adopt the Common Core State Standards and the first to implement tests in math and reading that were aligned to those standards. And, those standards have proved increasingly controversial. So, it makes sense that the Kentucky Commissioner of Education has pushed up his original plan to revisit those standards…