Herald-Leader columnist doesn’t buy union attack on charter schools

Herald-Leader columnist Merlene Davis posted interesting comments about charter schools in an interview she recently conducted with Jessica Hiler, president of the Fayette County Education Association. The union leader trotted out most of the union’s anti-charter arguments, but Ms. Davis clearly wasn’t buying. When Hiler said that charter schools don’t produce higher achievement than traditional…

Don’t charter schools perform about the same as regular public schools?

We hear the question in this blog’s title a lot. It’s based on findings in a number of reports about charter schools such as the now famous (infamous?) 2009 CREDO study, “Multiple Choice: Charter School Performance in 16 States.” The claim that only 17 percent of charter schools outperform traditional public schools comes from that…

Kentucky’s true achievement gap problem: Part 6, Kentucky Testing Summary

Last week we examined Kentucky’s chronic problem with white versus black academic achievement gaps. We learned the problem is very long term from evidence in the National Assessment of Educational Progress. We saw that EXPLORE, PLAN and even the ACT college entrance testing in Kentucky along with the Bluegrass State’s own KPREP testing show serious…

Kentucky’s true achievement gap problem: Part 5, KPREP Testing Reveals Lots of Gaps, as Well

This week we have examined Kentucky’s long-term problem with white versus black academic achievement gaps. We learned the problem is very long term from evidence in the National Assessment of Educational Progress. We saw that more recently three tests from ACT, Inc., show serious and growing gap problems for our eighth and tenth grade students…

Kentucky’s true achievement gap problem: Part 4, Gaps consistently bad in ACT 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 and PLAN tests from ACT, Inc. Today, we’ll look at test…

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…