Those large Kentucky high school graduation rates – The school-level story

I wrote recently about the fact that Kentucky’s recently reported high school graduation rates might be more due to social promotion than real improvement in education. That first blog in this series looked at overall statewide averages for a statistic we have developed called the Transition Ready Graduation Rate (TRGR). This shows the proportion of…

Do the new Kentucky School Report Cards say your school doesn’t have notable achievement gaps? Better dig deeper

There is a discussion brewing in social media about the large number of Kentucky schools that seem to have escaped any flags for having rather large achievement gaps between some student groups. I took a look at the gaps for white minus black reading proficiency rates in all our schools and found a notable number…

No, high poverty doesn’t always lead to poorer school performance, especially for minorities

The new, 2018-19 school year public school accountability report is finally out for Kentucky. Overall, as the Courier Journal points out in “New Kentucky test scores show stark differences in JCPS schools’ achievement,” the results are “underwhelming,” at best. We’ve already looked at predominantly falling performance on the state’s KPREP tests and on the ACT…

First look at new assessment/accountability data – Graduation rates still seriously inflated

Amount of social promotion to diploma still varies widely by student group The 2018 assessment and accountability data has now been released by the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), and there are a huge number of changes. Many trend lines are now gone, including all of the high school end-of-course exam trends for English II…

Despite what some claim, Kentucky can take some lessons from Tennessee

I’ve been in an interesting Twitter discussion about charter schools and the relative education performance of Kentucky and Tennessee. Supposedly, Kentucky does better. Really? Because charter schools are reported to do especially well for black students – an area where Kentucky faces serious challenges – I fired up the NAEP Data Explorer to see how…