All Kentucky Comprehensive Support and Improvement Schools are not equal

Kentucky’s new assessment and accountability information was released to the public today, and one area of great interest involves the schools that were identified as lowest performing under the “Comprehensive Support and Improvement” (CSI) category. The issue to be addressed here is that not all of the new CSI schools are really equal. In fact,…

What education accountability can (and cannot) do, Part II

Once again, Prof. Gary Houchens, a Bluegrass Institute Scholar and Kentucky Board of Education member as well as a professor at Western Kentucky University, has posted a great blog about the goals and limitations of education accountability. I highly recommend reading Dr. Houchens’ blog. By the way, at the risk of oversimplification, an education accountability…

Education Trust: Kentucky’s school assessments hide achievement gap problems

Education Trust gets it right about achievement gaps. Their new report, “Making Sure All Children Matter: Getting School Accountability Signals Right,” says: “Even the strongest critics of No Child Left Behind will acknowledge that the law did one thing right — create an expectation that in order to be considered successful, a school had to…