Council on Postsecondary Education VP says Kentucky must double up efforts to close achievement gaps

Echoing comments we at the Bluegrass Institute have frequently made in regards to K to 12 education, Dr. Aaron Thompson, the executive vice president and chief academic officer for the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, says, “Kentucky must double up efforts to close achievement gaps.” But, Thompson adds new information that the serious and often…

Kentucky state researchers: Don’t use College and Career Readiness Rates as Primary Indicators

Has Common Core implications Backing up reservations we have been talking about for some time, researchers from the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission’s Office of Education Accountability (OEA) made their opinion of Kentucky’s new College and Career Ready (CCR) statistics very clear in their briefing today. This slide (Figure 1) from their Power Point presentation to…

Education Trust backs us up – Kentucky’s Unbridled Learning isn’t getting the gap picture right

Much of the morning in yesterday’s meeting of the Kentucky Board of Education was devoted to discussions of improvements needed in the state’s Unbridled Learning public school accountability program. National experts from the Education Trust told the state board some of the same things that we have been saying in our reports for more than…

What kind of bang are Kentucky taxpayers getting for all those KCTCS bucks?

Bluegrass Institute president Jim Waters offered analysis to the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting on the secrecy and lack of accountability to taxpayers in the hiring of a new Kentucky Community and Technical College Systems president. KCIR is a partner with Louisville public radio 89.3 WFPL News and carried Waters’ comment as well. Concerning outgoing…

Should Kentucky’s Teacher Tribunals go on trial?

The movie “Waiting for Superman” talks about a “Dance of the Lemons,” an unfortunate outcome of the fact that it is virtually impossible to fire bad educators in this country. Sometimes, bad ones are just traded to another school system – solving nothing, of course. Getting bad teachers completely out of the schoolhouse is often impossible.…

Busing won’t fix decades-old education gaps in Jefferson County

The Louisville Courier-Journal is spreading ink and electrons again regarding supposed uneven racial demographics in the Jefferson County Public Schools. This despite the fact that USA Today reports that Louisville has a better racial mix in its schools than other areas of the country. The unfortunate truth is that a better racial mix in schools…