National Education Association slams Common Core State Standards process

An educational Tsunami took place yesterday when Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association (NEA), published an online letter to his union’s three million members slamming the current direction of the Common Core State Standards. Van Roekel is reacting to overwhelming pushback from his own rank and file union members about the increasingly…

Value of Preschool? The debate widens with disturbing evidence from Tennessee

One of Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear’s priorities is to expand availability of preschool programs in the commonwealth. If there was good evidence that preschool really worked, I’d favor that. The sticky problem: persistent evidence from a huge number of studies on the federal Head Start preschool program that any benefits gained disappear by the third…

New evidence: Kentucky’s education system improving very slowly, at best

The Kentucky Department of Education released the 2013-14 school term results from the ACT, Inc.’s EXPLORE and PLAN readiness tests. These tests, which are given to eighth and tenth graders, respectively, near the beginning of each school year are aligned to the ACT college entrance test to give students a good idea if they are…

State School Board about to get misled about Priority (Persistently Low-Achieving) Schools

We used to call them “Persistently Low-Achieving Schools,” but that sounded too negative. So, the state’s educators renamed them “Priority Schools” when Kentucky got its waiver from No Child Left Behind (NCLB). They are still the same schools, and for sure they need close tracking. After all, they were the bottom 5-percent performers in Kentucky…

Kentucky drops out of Common Core testing group – Part 2

Is this related to testing problems? A January 31, 2014 letter from Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and the state’s education leaders again focuses national attention on the Bluegrass State’s implementation headaches with the Common Core State Standards. For sure, as the leading state for Common Core implementation, headaches here are better developed than anywhere else…

Kentucky drops out of Common Core testing group – Part 1

Nation’s eyes again focus on Kentucky’s issues regarding Common Core State Standards A January 31, 2014 letter from Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and the state’s education leaders is again focusing national attention on the Bluegrass State’s implementation headaches with the Common Core State Standards. National attention to Beshear’s letter came quickly. Education Week posted an…

Concerns about personal student data breaches go big time

Real cases of student data compromises reported There is real, growing concern about the way sensitive personal data is being collected and stored on government computer systems. Already in the new Kentucky legislative session, House Bill 5 has been introduced to tighten rules for collection and security of personal data across all state agencies. This…