Jefferson County Schools could benefit from what is happening in Boston’s charter schools

A new report on the superior performance of Boston’s charter schools got me thinking about a comparison with Kentucky’s Jefferson County Public Schools. Both Boston and Jefferson County are large, city-based school systems, but I honestly thought the student demographics in Boston would give that city a notable advantage over the Louisville area schools in…

Why Charter Schools?

“Millions of students across America,” and thousands right here in Kentucky, “are not getting the education they deserve.” In the new Bluegrass Institute report, “Kentucky’s ‘Unbridled Learning,’ Unrigorous School Accountability for African-American Students?,” we provide dramatic evidence of schools in the Bluegrass State where whites or blacks are being solidly left behind in mathematics. In…

Federal testing – Trouble in River City

Jefferson County math scores on federal testing look problematic New scores for major urban school districts from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) were released today, and it looks like more trouble for Louisville and Jefferson County. I put this first table together using the NAEP Data Explorer statistical significance test tools. It shows…

Education Week: Analysis of big federal grant program for lowest-performing schools sends mixed signals

About 1/3 of the schools getting massive federal funding didn’t improve Conversion to charter schools outperformed other models Several years ago, the US Department of Education started the massively funded “School Improvement Grant” or SIG program to identify and improve what came to be known as the nation’s “Persistently Low Achieving Schools” (recently renamed “Priority…

Bluegrass Beacon: School-choice critics intimidate but won’t debate

Ken Wilber wrote: “Most of us are only willing to call 5% of our present information into question (at) any one point.” Then there is the closed-minded leadership of the Kentucky Education Association, Jefferson County Teachers Association, Kentucky School Boards Association and Kentucky Association of School Superintendents who, when it comes to school choice, won’t…

New Report: Does Kentucky’s ‘Unbridled Learning’ school accountability program leave minorities behind?

  New Report: Does Kentucky’s ‘Unbridled Learning’ school accountability program leave minorities behind?   (LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — A new Bluegrass Institute report reveals evidence that Kentucky’s school accountability program provides inconsistent and sometimes unreliable assessments of school performance. The report, “Kentucky’s ‘Unbridled Learning,’ Unrigorous School Accountability for African-American Students?,” examines math performance for whites and African-American students in…