Common Core homework for today

First, view the marketing video for this Common Core State Standards aligned English Language Arts (ELA) instructional program for young elementary school students. Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? Next, play this You Tube: Now, write a comment for us about what you think about this CCSS aligned English Language Arts material for first graders. Be…

Cloud-based End-of-Course testing in Kentucky terminated completely!

As we reported last week here, here and here, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has run into major problems with the state’s high school end-of-course testing program. One major problem is the computer servers from ACT’s Vantage testing system became overloaded and crashed when students from Kentucky, Ohio and Alabama simultaneously tried to access…

Did the people who created Common Core State Standards really know what is needed?

New ACT report casts SERIOUS doubts The ACT, Inc.’s “ACT National Curriculum Survey” series just came out with a 2012 edition. The findings raise serious questions about the validity of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) that Kentucky and many other states are now using to shape school curriculum from Kindergarten through high school. Recent…

Kentucky House Education Committee chair leaving legislature

The Herald-Leader and other news sources are reporting Representative Carl Rollins (D – Midway) has announced he is leaving the Kentucky Legislature to head the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority and the Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corporation. While Rollins shepherded a number of education bills during his tenure, he was instrumental in blocking key…