Do the new Kentucky School Report Cards say your school doesn’t have notable achievement gaps? Better dig deeper

There is a discussion brewing in social media about the large number of Kentucky schools that seem to have escaped any flags for having rather large achievement gaps between some student groups. I took a look at the gaps for white minus black reading proficiency rates in all our schools and found a notable number…

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…

A comparison of how Kentucky’s KPREP school assessment grading stacks up to other states

The U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences under the National Center for Education Statistics just posted an interesting study titled “Mapping State Proficiency Standards Onto the NAEP Scales: Results From the 2017 NAEP Reading and Mathematics Assessments.” Essentially, this study uses the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) as a ruler to allow…

White minus black achievement gaps continue problematic in new NAEP results – Grade 8 Math

The 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results for Grade 4 and Grade 8 mathematics and reading have finally been released, and I already discussed Kentucky’s Grade 4 NAEP white minus black students’ reading gap and mathematics gap, and the Grade 8 Reading gap. So, let’s look at Kentucky’s NAEP Grade 8 white minus…

White minus black achievement gaps continue problematic in new NAEP results – Grade 8 Reading

The 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results for Grade 4 and Grade 8 mathematics and reading have finally been released, and it is time to examine a key problem in Kentucky’s schools – the chronic achievement gaps between the state’s white and black students. I already discussed Kentucky’s Grade 4 NAEP white minus…

White minus black achievement gaps continue problematic in new NAEP results – Grade 4 Math

The 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results for Grade 4 and Grade 8 mathematics and reading have finally been released, and it is time to examine a key problem in Kentucky’s schools – the chronic achievement gaps between the state’s white and black students. I already discussed the Grade 4 NAEP reading gap…