Opting-Out of Common Core State Standards and Testing is NOT an Option per Ky. Dept. of Ed.

I got an alert that the Kentucky Department of Education sent an advisory to all superintendents in the state that parents opting their children out of Kentucky’s Core-Content-based curriculum and tests is not allowed. However, when I tried to locate the full message on line, I was only able to access the overview of the…

Checking problem solving skills with only a multiple-choice test???

I first found out about the AMC 8 test in this Herald-Leader catch-all web article. The relevant Herald-Leader bullet item starts out saying: “Austin Li and Mingxi Mao of Winburn Middle School earned the mark of distinction on the AMC 8, a 25-question, 40-minute multiple-choice math exam that promotes the development of problem-solving skills….(emphasis added).”…

Even if Common Core were OK, resulting math curriculum materials aren’t

Education Week just published an article that says “Most Math Curricula Found to Be Out of Sync With Common Core” (Subscription?). EdWeek says the new paper from EdReports.org shows: “The first round of a Consumer Reports-style review for instructional materials paints a dismal picture of the textbook-publishing industry’s response to new standards: Seventeen of 20…

Kentucky’s history with ‘performance’ assessments: Bluegrass Institute Policy Report offers ‘rest of the story’

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – A new Bluegrass Institute report, “Selling “Performance” Assessments with Inaccurate Pictures from Kentucky,” was released today in a conference call with reporters. The paper cautions state education leaders nationwide regarding growing pressure triggered by the Common Core State Standards to add “performance” testing ideas into their new school-assessment programs – especially if…

Educational Testing Service analysis: U.S. Millennials Trail in recent young adult testing

Educational testing service just released a new analysis of how young adults in the Unites States stack up against their counterparts in other industrialized nations. The conclusion: “…despite having the highest levels of educational attainment of any previous American generation, these young adults on average demonstrate relatively weak skills in literacy, numeracy, and problem solving…

Education commissioner worried: New minimum dropout age of 18 may lead to districts playing games with homeschooling

Were similar games already played with Kentucky’s high school graduation rates? There was a lot of “High Fiving” in Frankfort recently because the last school districts in Kentucky finally adopted a minimum high school dropout age of 18. It sounds positive. But, unfortunately, there is an obvious way for local schools to do an end…