CATS fiction continues

Let’s get this clear. There is no CATS accountability program in Kentucky anymore. There hasn’t been one since early 2009. The CATS assessment program was thrown out by Senate Bill 1 during the Kentucky Legislature’s 2009 Regular Legislative Session when legislators realized that CATS and its academic tests were not giving us accurate information about…

Quote of the day: Education reform

“Enacting reform is difficult. There is a huge difference between the theory of reform and the reality of it — it is a lot harder than it looks. It requires full transparency, unyielding tenacity, continuous communication, relentless advocacy, and the courage to measure progress and then deal with the results, whatever they may be.” —Jeb…

Now Kentucky is in the business of ‘ordering’ private companies?

Kentucky’s Insurance Commissioner Sharon P. Clark has decided that the decision by insurance companies in the commonwealth to discontinue the writing of new child-only policies because of increased regulations is unacceptable. So she’s ‘ordering’ these companies to continue selling them. This story is not new to the Bluegrass Institute. Jim Waters, vice president of policy…

New Bluegrass Institute reports on KERA at 20 have implications for pending state assessments

The Bluegrass Institute’s new reports on Kentucky’s 20-year experience with Progressive Education ideas create concerns that two national efforts to create the Common Core State Assessments may already be running into heavy water. These two separate efforts are trying to create assessments of student performance for all the states to evaluate performance against the new…