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…

Charter school bill clears Kentucky Senate Education Committee

In a solid eight to two victory today (with two senators absent) the Kentucky Legislature’s Education Committee adopted what members of the Kentucky Department of Education characterized Wednesday as a “Cadillac Charter School Bill.” The bill, Senate Bill 8 next faces a vote in the full Kentucky Senate. SB-8 contains many excellent charter school features.…

Quote of the Day: On teacher preparation programs

“States have had measures of teacher education programs’ outcomes for years. But they haven’t acted on them. They have administered licensure exams for decades, for example. But they have set passing rates way too low and have rarely taken any action against schools whose graduates have the lowest scores.” Susan H. Fuhrman, president of Teachers…

New poll shows strong majority favor school choice; Democrats on board, too!

A new national poll from the American Federation for Children shows a solid majority of likely voters in the United States favor school choice. Some key findings: – 69 percent support school choice, including 45 percent who strongly support it while 27 percent oppose it – 63 percent support private school choice, specifically “opportunity scholarships,…