Heard Around Frankfort on Kentucky Education

ON THE NEED TO REEXAMINE KERA:

“It is also time for a thorough review of the Kentucky Education Reform Act.”

Kentucky Governor Steven L. Beshear
State of the Commonwealth Address
February 4, 2009

ON WHETHER CATS SCORES PARENTS GET FOR THEIR STUDENTS ARE REALLY TRUSTWORTHY:

“CATS is not valid and reliable for individual students. All students do not take the same test.”

Kentucky State Senator Ken Winters
Senate Education Committee Meeting
February 5, 2009

ON THE QUALIFICATION OF SCORERS THAT GRADE CATS OPEN RESPONSE QUESTIONS (Note: the usual four-year college degree requires 120 hours of college credits):

“The (CATS) scorers that our contractor uses must have 60 hours of college credit in order to be a scorer.”

Kentucky State Senator Ken Winters
Senate Education Committee Meeting
February 5, 2009

ON WHETHER KENTUCKY SHOULD USE OPEN-RESPONSE (ESSAY) TEST QUESTIONS

“According to the Center for Teaching and Learning, well designed multiple-choice tests are generally more valid and reliable – I’m quoting from them – than essay tests.”

Kentucky State Senator Ken Winters
Senate Education Committee Meeting
February 5, 2009

ON MAKING MAJOR CHANGES TO THE STATE’S ASSESSMENT PROGRAM

“There’s momentum, and I think there’s a consensus that CATS needs to be sunset.”

Kentucky Senator Tim Shaughnessy
Senate Education Committee Meeting
February 5, 2009

ON WHAT TEACHERS ARE THINKING

“If I were going to paraphrase our members’ feelings, it would be that CATS testing needs a complete overhaul.”

Sharron Oxendine
President of the Kentucky Education Association
Quoted in the Louisville Courier Journal
February 6, 2009

Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    I have to give kudos to Beshear for this. Not only is he going to get his revenue-raisers passed, he is going to permit some of the mess of KERA to be eliminated and take away the Republicans’ only issue!

    Beshear has now pushed David Williams into irrelevancy. Good job!

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