Will Kentucky’s New Public School Assessments be Driven by the Right Research?

Last week, the Education Week newspaper’s print edition headline story (subscription) dealt with some real surprises. These surprises came from the latest, experimentally-based studies from the US Institute of Education Sciences (IES), which is part of the US Department of Education. Quite simply, once scientific split-sample testing of different education programs is conducted, most of…

‘Nothing less than a disaster’

Kentucky Club for Growth Executive Director Andy Hightower had the only piece worth reading on today’s Courier-Journal Op-ed page. Echoing a similar sentiment as my recent column warning taxpayers to “watch out when politicians talk about productivity,” Hightower begged to differ with Senate President David Williams’ assessment that the recently completed legislative session resulted in…

Like spitting in the ocean

Kentucky’s pension reform lite in 2008 hasn’t gotten the ridicule it deserved, though some of us have tried. New Jersey pulled a similar trick last year and the latest available analysis indicates it wasn’t worth the effort. At least one writer there is having a little bit of fun with the unfunny mess. NJ.com’s John…