Nice to know that we are doing better than Armenia, Ghana and Syria, but it is very hard to take much comfort in that

I share those thoughts, but I didn’t write them. They actually come from an October 25, 2013 Education Week Blogs piece from Marc Tucker. Tucker actually says of the recent study that attempted to match scores for the states on the National Assessment of Educational Progress to scores from an entirely different international test: “Nice,…

American Thinker: Education needs sages on the stage, not guides on the side

The American Thinker just published an excellent article by Bruce Deitrick Price about “Sages on Stages Desperately Needed.” Price summarizes the pitfalls in supposedly “new” education methods being ushered in as a result of the Common Core State Standards. The problem is, these education ideas are not new. Worse, these education philosophies were already tried…

Pay attention educators: Misleading the public about school performance has consequences

We’ve written many times in the past about deceptive reporting in Jefferson County’s “Every1Reads” program such as here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and even here, way back in 2008. The issue: the Jefferson County school system – in an attempt to grossly inflate its true performance on teaching students to read…

Kentucky’s white to African-American performance gaps increase in most subjects in 10th grade testing in 2013

One of the more important tests taken by Kentucky’s public school students is the ACT’s PLAN test, which is given to all the state’s 10th grade students. Like the K-PREP test results for math and reading I discussed earlier, the new PLAN results also show African-American students generally falling farther behind whites than they did…