Which NAEP Achievement Level Is an Appropriate Target for No Child Left Behind?

A great deal has been written lately about whether the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) achievement level score of “Basic” is a better target of comparison for state definitions of NCLB “Proficiency” than the NAEP’s own “Proficient” score. In fact, one of our anonymous readers has been asserting that “Basic” represents a better target…

A talking point for state employees

On Tuesday, we mentioned legislators talking about cutting back on public employee benefits again rather than keeping the focus on properly funding future liabilities. Now that former legislator Gov. Steve Beshear is earning pension credits on a governor’s salary and House Speaker Greg Stumbo is earning pension credits on his former Attorney General’s salary and…

Frying ourselves with Davis Bacon

Politicians’ bipartisan support for wasteful labor union policies continue to cost taxpayers dearly. Recent events, however, may help draw attention to this widespread practice. The Club for Growth released its Congressional report card Thursday. The first highlighted House vote was one that would have allowed taxpayers to excape having to pay Davis Bacon “prevailing wage”…

Give a man a phone book

The old saying about the value of giving a man a fish versus teaching him how to fish obviously gained popularity before lobbying for Congressional earmarks became a marketable skill. And the lessons we are supposed to learn to help us grow stronger during the current recession clearly aren’t going to involve not paying a…

Grad Rate Woes in Louisville

Education Week newspaper (subscription) points to a new report on graduation rate problems in the nation’s major cities. Among the unsettling findings, the high school graduation rate in Louisville actually dropped slightly by 0.3 points from 1995 to 2005. While Louisville’s 63.4 percent graduation rate in 2005 was higher than most other large cities, this…