Senate Bill 1: Squabbles are on

The most sweeping education reform bill since the 2010 advent of the Common Core State Standards in Kentucky is now under consideration as Senate Bill 1 from the 2016 Regular Legislative Session (SB-1/2016). This 90 plus-page bill (including amendments) impacts a host of important areas, including: • Changing the way Kentucky’s education standards and assessments…

Bluegrass Beacon: Gubernatorial candidate spot-on about Head Start

Critics of GOP gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin want to use his spot-on statement about a huge, costly and ineffective government-run preschool program to paint him as being opposed to any and all early childhood education. Bevin pointed out on KET’s “Kentucky Tonight” during this year’s primary campaign that Head Start – the nation’s largest taxpayer-funded…

Hechinger Report asks: “Are we on the verge of a mass Common Core repeal?”

The Hechinger Report from Columbia Teachers College in New York City isn’t exactly a Red State conservative newsletter, but even this journal is asking, “Are we on the verge of a mass Common Core repeal?” Hechinger points out that many state legislatures were taken over by conservatives and Republicans in the recent elections and many…

K-PREP and Unbridled Learning school testing and evaluation are here, but what does this mean? # 10

K-PREP science at all school levels As we discussed in an earlier blog about the new Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests in social studies, we also find disturbing evidence that the new K-PREP science assessments for elementary and middle schools are nothing more than warmed over CATS Kentucky Core Content Tests (KCCT).…

K-PREP and Unbridled Learning school testing and evaluation are here, but what does this mean? # 6

K-PREP elementary school reading We’ve been writing about the new Kentucky Performance Report for Educational Progress (K-PREP) test results and the Unbridled Learning school accountability scores. People are asking, “What do these new test scores show? Is the new program really more rigorous? Is it rigorous enough? Our first blogs looked at K-PREP middle school…