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…

Trend in ACT 11th Grade testing in Kentucky not encouraging

The Kentucky Department of Education’s Briefing Packet for the 2018-19 assessment and accountability program has some interesting tables summarizing the statewide ACT results for each year’s class of 11th grade students. Data for the past five years, including the new 2018-19 data, is presented. Let’s look at those tables. Table A shows the ACT score…

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…