Who is watching all those education tax dollars?

Kentucky auditor says, “School finance officers across Kentucky may lack skills for their jobs” A new report from a new news agency, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting (KYCIR), says Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts Adam Edelen says there are serious qualification short-comings in many finance officers in Kentucky’s public school districts. A study recently…

Bluegrass Institute’s and the education commissioner’s current thinking on education standards

BIPPS staffers have been speaking around the state about our observations on the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards and thought it was time to pull some overall thoughts together for our blog readers. You can find our full statement on education standards including the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and…

Hensley recognized for education performance with Grissom Award

The Bluegrass Institute already knew Dr. Dewey Hensley was a star. Several years ago we blogged about remarkable performance at the J.B. Atkinson Elementary school in Louisville. Atkinson had been Louisville’s poorest performing elementary school when then principal Dewey Hensley took over. In a few years, Atkinson had made remarkable progress. Renamed the J.B. Atkinson…

Ky. Dept. of Ed. checking for possible inflation on test used in Unbridled Learning

May be inflating Kentucky’s College and Career Ready rates Taking a responsible action, the Kentucky Department of Education is investigating whether the use of smart calculators on the COMPASS test from the ACT, Inc., could be inflating scores. The findings could impact the state’s reported College and Career Ready rates and could have national implications,…

New York kids get better school data security than Kentucky’s students???

The legislature in New York just enacted laws that end a dubious relationship between that state’s department of education and an Internet Cloud service provider known as InBloom, which is a nonprofit funded by the Gates Foundation. New York’s new law provides: • The state department of education cannot store identifiable student data in the…

Audit rules for Kentucky’s public school districts tightening

The Kentucky School Boards Association’s news service reports that rules for annual audits of the state’s public school districts are being tightened in the wake of a series of problems uncovered by the Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts. Normally, local school districts contract with a private auditing firm to conduct their required annual audit. That…