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…

What happened to Kentucky’s high school seniors of 2010?

Yesterday, Kentucky Commissioner of Education Wayne Lewis presented the State of Education briefing for Kentucky. As I wrote yesterday, the presentation was direct and revealing. And, nowhere was it more revealing than in the rather disturbing story about what happened to the Kentucky public school senior class of 2010. The table below tells this somber…

Kentucky’s real progress (?) on the National Assessment of Educational Progress – Obviously needed update Part 2

As mentioned in the first blog in this series, I had a chance to participate on August 13, 2018 on KET’s Kentucky Tonight program on education, and it was an interesting time. Three minutes into the broadcast, show guest Dr. Steven Gordon mentioned that in a new report he co-authored with BIPPS Scholar Dr. John…

Kentucky’s real progress (?) on the National Assessment of Educational Progress – Obviously needed update

I had a chance to participate last night on KET’s Kentucky Tonight program on education,and it was an interesting time. Three minutes into the broadcast, show guest Dr. Steven Gordon mentioned that in a new report he co-authored with BIPPS Scholar Dr. John Garen that they found test score gains in Kentucky had only been…