Bluegrass Institute’s and the education commissioner’s current thinking on education standards

BIPPS staffers have been speaking around the state about our observations on the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards and thought it was time to pull some overall thoughts together for our blog readers. You can find our full statement on education standards including the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and…

Uncertain changes coming to Kentucky’s testing program

Essential changes are coming to Kentucky’s public school assessment and accountability program. A mandatory need for changes to Kentucky’s assessment program and its Unbridled Learning school accountability program is being precipitated by an announcement from the ACT, Inc., that the organization’s EXPLORE and PLAN tests will be discontinued in 2015. Thus, Kentucky can count on…

Ky. Dept. of Ed. checking for possible inflation on test used in Unbridled Learning

May be inflating Kentucky’s College and Career Ready rates Taking a responsible action, the Kentucky Department of Education is investigating whether the use of smart calculators on the COMPASS test from the ACT, Inc., could be inflating scores. The findings could impact the state’s reported College and Career Ready rates and could have national implications,…

New York kids get better school data security than Kentucky’s students???

The legislature in New York just enacted laws that end a dubious relationship between that state’s department of education and an Internet Cloud service provider known as InBloom, which is a nonprofit funded by the Gates Foundation. New York’s new law provides: • The state department of education cannot store identifiable student data in the…

Audit rules for Kentucky’s public school districts tightening

The Kentucky School Boards Association’s news service reports that rules for annual audits of the state’s public school districts are being tightened in the wake of a series of problems uncovered by the Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts. Normally, local school districts contract with a private auditing firm to conduct their required annual audit. That…

Key Kentucky legislator: “Common Core has deficiencies Ky. wants to fix”

Kentucky Senator Katie Stine has always impressed us as one of the most informed and intelligent members of the state’s legislature. She reinforces our impressions again with her new Herald-Leader Op-Ed about the problems with Kentucky’s adoption of the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards. Sen. Stine co-sponsored Senate Bill 1…

Education historian Diane Ravitch: Common Core creation process violated national standards institute guidelines

In one of the most interesting challenges to the validity of Common Core State Standards so far, education historian Diane Ravitch took a big shot three days ago in this Huffington Post Blogs article. Ravitch charges the Common Core State Standards “were written in a manner that violates the nationally and international recognized process for…

Charter school bill clears KY Senate: Comes none too soon for state’s low-performing schools

Senate Bill 211, a bill to allow school districts to reform Kentucky’s 41 Persistently Low-Achieving Schools (recently renamed “Priority Schools”) as charter schools, has cleared the Kentucky Senate and now moves to the Kentucky House. This action to implement charter schools comes none too soon. Case in point: the Frost Middle School in Jefferson County.…