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…

Quote of the Day – Wayne Lewis on major problems with Kentucky education, including SBDM

“Children in Kentucky who desperately need our most experienced and most effective teachers often instead have less experienced and less equipped teachers. But additionally, because school-based decision making councils (not school districts or the state) have statutory authority over curriculum, the disparities between the quality of curriculum from school to school can be incredible. In…

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…

Quote of the day – Pertains to both reading instruction and Kentucky’s problematic school council system

“Being a former legislator, what’s been very popular is local control and flexibility. And I supported that from the perspective I was in at that time. But now that I’ve been in this role as state (education) chief, I see the fallacy there. … It’s almost un-American to say that the state department is better…

Bill to return rationality to governance of Kentucky’s schools filed

Senate Bill 7, an act relating to school councils, has been filed in the Kentucky Legislature by Kentucky State Senator John Schickel and nine other leading senators. The bill will make some badly needed revisions to Kentucky’s highly problematic School Based Decision Making (SBDM) system for governing the state’s public schools. Some of these major…