Kentucky’s true achievement gap problem: Part 3, More Serious Gaps in PLAN Testing

Kentucky’s public education system continues to face a number of problems, but one of the most serious problems involves the state’s chronic white minus black achievement gaps. We previously examined long term gap trends from the National Assessment of Educational Progress and the EXPLORE tests from ACT, Inc. Today, we’ll look at more test results…

Kentucky’s true achievement gap problem: Part 2, EXPLORE Testing Shows Serious Gaps, too

Kentucky’s public education system continues to face a number of problems, but one of the most serious problems involves the state’s chronic white minus black achievement gaps. We previously examined long term gap trends from the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Today, we’ll start to look at the evidence from one of a series of…

Kentucky’s true achievement gap problem: Part 1, NAEP nastiness

Kentucky’s public education system continues to face a number of problems, but one of the most serious issues involves its chronic white-minus-black achievement gaps. It wasn’t supposed to be like this. In the early days following the passage of the Kentucky Education Reform Act of 1990 (KERA), Kentuckians were told: “All children can learn at…

Busing won’t fix decades-old education gaps in Jefferson County

The Louisville Courier-Journal is spreading ink and electrons again regarding supposed uneven racial demographics in the Jefferson County Public Schools. This despite the fact that USA Today reports that Louisville has a better racial mix in its schools than other areas of the country. The unfortunate truth is that a better racial mix in schools…

Debunked: Charter school myths you can hear in Kentucky

Here is a discussion about some common myths about charter schools. This comes from people involved with these innovative, public schools of choice in Philadelphia. Students in a Philadelphia charter high schools benefit from results like zero dropout rates and 97 to 100 percent college going rates. No wonder members of the Philadelphia teachers union…

School choice for Kentucky: How much more evidence do we need to look at???

During the Kentucky Legislature’s Interim Joint Education Committee hearings on school choice and charter schools for Kentucky on November 10, 2014, one Kentucky state senator said he first needed to do more research, including digging into such things as terrible performance at Lexington’s William Wells Brown Elementary School. But, how much more research can we…