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…

BIPPS promotes education reform, school choice on TV’s ‘Kentucky Tonight’ at 8 p.m.

Jim Waters, Bluegrass Institute vice president of policy and communications, will appear tonight on KET’s “Kentucky Tonight” at 8 p.m. (EST) to advocate for reforming the commonwealth’s failing education system, including allowing charter schools. The program is hosted by Bill Goodman live on KET1 and will be replayed Wednesday at 2 a.m.(EST). During the live…

New NAEP data out

White-Black math gaps getting worse And even national educators don’t depict the situation properly! The National Assessment of Educational Progress just released new data in the web on the testing of the nation’s students in reading and mathematics in 2009. Among other things, the release has this very clear statement from the National Assessment Governing…

Jefferson County educators don’t get it: They operate a lot of very weak schools

I wrote a couple of days ago that educators in Jefferson County are whining and sniveling about finally having to face some accountability for their many very poor performing schools. Sadly, instead of buckling down to figure out how to improve their under-performers, teachers along with Jefferson County superintendent Sheldon Berman are instead trying to…