Superintendent tells how Kentucky’s School Based Decision Making Council (SBDM) laws tie elected board members’ hands

Discussion shows how SBDM laws render parents and school boards powerless Parents in the Boone County Public School District are getting an interesting education these days. They are learning that their locally elected school board and their school superintendent have absolutely no authority regarding what may be some very bad curriculum choices recently made in…

2016 ACT shows Kentucky’s achievement gaps slowly getting worse or staying stagnant

The ACT scores for 2016 high school graduates were released today. Thanks to heightened interest in the state’s achievement gap issues due to Common Core (see here, here and here for some examples), I decided to look at the trends in white minus black achievement gaps on this college-entrance test first. This table summarizes what…

New Johns Hopkins University report builds on shaky foundation

A new report from Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and Civic Enterprises is generating considerable media attention due in no small measure to a favorable Op-Ed from former Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear and a press release from the Kentucky Department of Education. Unfortunately, the attention might be rather misdirected due to a number of problems…

More claims from new Prichard/Chamber report about Kentucky education that just don’t hold up

The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence and the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce recently issued a joint report called “A Citizen’s Guide to KENTUCKY EDUCATION, Reform, Progress, Continuing Challenges.” This paper talks about supposed progress and challenges for Kentucky’s public education system. It also tries to boost support for the state’s current education standards. Sadly, the…