No, high poverty doesn’t always lead to poorer school performance, especially for minorities

The new, 2018-19 school year public school accountability report is finally out for Kentucky. Overall, as the Courier Journal points out in “New Kentucky test scores show stark differences in JCPS schools’ achievement,” the results are “underwhelming,” at best. We’ve already looked at predominantly falling performance on the state’s KPREP tests and on the ACT…

Collapse of school accountability credibility in Kentucky – Again!

New Unbridled Learning school accountability results clearly inflated Well, it looks like a third “Out” is richly deserved for the credibility of Kentucky education’s ability to self-grade its performance. Following the same, troubled trail of Kentucky’s former KIRIS and CATS public school accountability programs, Kentucky’s Unbridled Learning public school assessment and accountability system is now…

Bluegrass Institute report raises strong concerns about continued achievement gaps and graduation failures in Jefferson County

For Immediate Release: Monday, Feb. 29, 2016 (LOUISVILLE, Ky.) – Legislators and educators made a promise more than a quarter-century ago when the Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA) was passed: In return for vastly increased education spending, the Bluegrass State was going to do a much better job of educating its students – especially the…

Fordham’s new report on Common Core draws quick, compelling criticism

Fallout: Does Common Core really get students ready for college and careers? It’s no secret: the Fordham Institute has weighed in heavily in favor of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) over the past six years. Unfortunately, critics charge with increasing justification that Fordham seems to be straying from objective and useful research into something…

Misleading high school graduation rates even more misleading for Kentucky’s blacks

Diploma deception? Back on January 23, 2016, I wrote about some important problems with the credibility of high school graduation rates in Kentucky. Very simply, Kentucky’s education leaders have been pushing the states officially reported high school graduation rates as though they were really meaningful and fairly comparable to other states. But, are such comparisons…

No, most Kentucky KPREP scores are not that close to NAEP scores

The Kentucky Department of Education sent out News Release 15-051 yesterday, which contains some inaccurate information about how the state’s KPREP test compares to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). While the release claims “Kentucky Among Handful of States with Reliable Test Scores,” that might be stretching things. To begin, the term “Reliable” has…