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…

Madison County School Board gets it – Kentucky needs changes to awkward SBDM rules

The Richmond Register reports that the Madison County Board of Education has adopted a resolution in favor of Senate Bill 55. Senate Bill 55 would bring more rationality to the way Kentucky’s schools are governed under the current School Based Decision-Making laws (SBDM). For more about why such a change is needed, check our new…

News Release: New study questions school councils’ effectiveness

For Immediate Release: Thursday, January 18, 2018 (FRANKFORT, KY) – A new report released today by the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Kentucky’s free-market think tank, questions the lack of research and effectiveness of School Based Decision Making (SBDM) councils more than a quarter-century after the Kentucky Education Reform Act mandated this governing approach…

White Minus Black Achievement Gap Hidden While School Council Claims Progress

More evidence that averaging test results can hide serious gap problems As the Kentucky Board of Education works through trying to revise Kentucky’s public-school assessment and accountability system following the demise of Unbridled Learning, a new example from the Dunn Elementary School in Jefferson County shows that just averaging scores for groups of students can…

How’s that? With SBDMs Kentucky doesn’t really have any public schools?

Definitions from an Ed School prof makes it seem so A recent Education Week article by Professor Sarah M. Stitzlein from the University of Cincinnati just caught my attention. Stitzlein talks about “five responsibilities schools must meet to truly be called ‘public’.” Her third criterion is: “They should be responsive to the public, enabling community…