Atlanta Journal-Constitution infers schools nationwide may be cheating on state assessments

Yesterday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) took a huge swipe at the credibility of public school educators all across the nation. Based on its own research of state testing results from all 50 states and somewhere between 69,000 to 70,000 individual public schools, the newspaper has identified 200 school districts across the nation where the pattern…

GEAR-UP Kentucky schools announced

A third round of GEAR-UP Kentucky schools has been announced by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. GEAR-UP Kentucky – Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs – is a federally funded program to increase college and career readiness among some of the state’s more economically challenged public school students. It works on changing…

New high school graduation study provides still more evidence: Minimum Age 18 for dropping out does not matter

A new study from the America’s Promise Alliance and several other organizations discusses states that were leaders and laggards in high school graduation rate trends between 2002 and 2009. The report’s listing of those leaders and laggards is interesting. This first table shows data for the states that America’s Promise say had the biggest high…

NAEP Exclusion Rates: What Prichard didn’t say – Part 2

The Prichard Committee’s Blog weighed in on March 11, 2012 about Kentucky’s nation-leading levels of exclusion of students with learning disabilities in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading assessments. Sadly, Prichard’s blog glossed over the exclusion problem, claiming, “Kentucky’s recent record of relative NAEP success does not, in fact, evaporate when exclusion rates…

NAEP Exclusion Rates: What Prichard didn’t say – Part 1

On Sunday, March 11, 2012, the Prichard Committee’s Blog weighed in about Kentucky’s nation-leading exclusion of students with learning disabilities in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading assessments. Unfortunately, Prichard’s blog glossed over the exclusion problem, claiming, “Kentucky’s recent record of relative NAEP success does not, in fact, evaporate when exclusion rates are…