What you need to consider when comparing state education systems

As I wrote yesterday, we are seeing all sorts of reports computing rankings of state education systems. However, those reports are using approaches that don’t comply with recommendations found in various documents from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Yesterday’s blog discussed two of those poorly conducted reports, the Quality Counts 2016 report from…

Rankings of Kentucky’s educational performance still flawed

Quality Counts and Center for Business and Economic Research both score “Novice” It seems like mid-winter is a favorite time for various groups to publish fanciful rankings of Kentucky’s education system compared to other states, and 2016 has proved no exception. Cases in point include new rankings from the annual Quality Counts report series from…

Latest on Common Core in Kentucky: college professors report entering college freshmen are not ready

The Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) got a lot of bad news during its meeting on Wednesday, December 9, 2015. This news isn’t just bad for Kentucky. It has rather serious implications for the national Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for math and English language arts, as well. Very simply, scores are flat or in…

Are Kentucky’s KPREP tests starting to inflate – Part 4?

Kentucky has completed its fourth year of testing with the Common Core State Standards aligned Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (KPREP) tests in reading and mathematics. It is time to start asking whether or not Kentucky’s new tests are showing signs of inflation. This post closes out our examination of this important concern with…

Are Kentucky’s KPREP tests starting to inflate – Part 1?

Kentucky has completed its fourth year of testing with Common-Core-State-Standards-aligned Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (KPREP) tests in reading and mathematics. Because inflation in the state’s earlier reform test programs – the first one known as KIRIS and the second as the CATS Kentucky Core Content Tests – proved problematic, it is time to…