Is Florida’s governor crazy? He’s further increasing school choice in his state while Kentucky’s public school types tell us that kills public education

But, does choice really kill public education – especially for black students? Florida’s governor must know something. A few days ago, he signed a bill to further expand school choices in his state, which already has lots of options for parents such as charter schools and voucher programs. The new bill further expands private school…

Which type of school gets more funding – charter or traditional?

Finally, some fairly credible data There has been a virtual fur fight going on between supporters and detractors of charter schools regarding the question of whether charters get more funding per pupil than traditional schools. Now, a fairly recent report from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) provides some interesting data about the subject.…

Report shows Kentucky gains on NAEP reversed after adoption of Common Core

Kentucky is a focal state in a new report by Theodor Rebarber, “The Common Core Debacle, Results from 2019 NAEP and Other Sources,” which has just been released by the Bluegrass Institute’s counterpart organization in Massachusetts, the Pioneer Institute. The report shows in general how education went South across the nation after the Common Core…

Quote of the Day – Regarding students’ knowledge of US History

“Students don’t know the content.” Peggy G. Carr, Associate Commissioner Assessments Division, National Center for Education Statistics Comment made on April 23, 2020 during webinar presentation of results from the 2018 National Assessment of Educational Progress in US History, Civics and Geography Added notes: Across the nation, only 15% of US eighth graders were scored…

Where’s JCPS?

The National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), just Tweeted out an interesting graphic showing those participating school districts that had the largest increase in Grade 4 NAEP math scale scores between 2009 and 2019. You won’t find Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) in the original graphic although Kentucky’s…

Bill to fix problems with Kentucky’s School Based Decision Making law moves out of Senate

Kentucky Senate Bill 7 (SB-7), which will make some important improvements to Kentucky’s troubled School Based Decision Making law, moved out of the Kentucky Senate on Thursday following a 20 – 15 vote. SB-7 makes some important changes in the division of authority between the locally elected school board and their superintendent and the state’s…

The REST of the story on NAEP in Kentucky – AGAIN!

On Tuesday, the dubiously reorganized Kentucky Board of Education got an update on recent assessment results. This included a very brief and incomplete discussion of the state’s 2019 performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). It was an inadequate briefing, but the dubiously reorganized board members never questioned it. Let’s fix that. First,…