A comparison of how Kentucky’s KPREP school assessment grading stacks up to other states

The U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences under the National Center for Education Statistics just posted an interesting study titled “Mapping State Proficiency Standards Onto the NAEP Scales: Results From the 2017 NAEP Reading and Mathematics Assessments.” Essentially, this study uses the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) as a ruler to allow…

When will Kentucky’s kids learn about the Holocaust under the proposed social studies standards?

It’s a real puzzle. The pending revision to Kentucky’s public school social studies standards acknowledges on Page 8 that: “…all public middle and high school’s curriculum shall include instruction on the Holocaust and other cases of genocide….” That’s a legal requirement right out of Section 1, Paragraph (1) (a) (3) in House Bill 128 from…

Why Kentucky’s social studies standards need to be fairly detailed

New standards for Kentucky’s instruction of social studies were approved by the Kentucky Board of Education on February 6, 2019. As I pointed out in a previous blog, based on comparisons to standards from Massachusetts and Indiana, two states with highly regarded standards, a lot of specific material is stunningly missing in the new Kentucky…

Kentucky’s non-public school ACT performance in 2018

Reports from the ACT, Inc. and the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) give us information about how all Kentucky students averaged together and just Kentucky’s public school students alone perform on the ACT college entrance test. However, there are no agencies reporting about ACT scores for those Kentucky students who didn’t go to public schools.…

Are individual subject high school grades better predictors of college subject performance than the ACT?

Well, not in Kentucky! In case you missed my earlier blog about high school grade point averages (GPAs) versus the ACT college entrance test as predictors of college performance, there is an effort underway across the country and in Kentucky to reduce attention to the fairly disappointing scores from the ACT college entrance test. While…

Are high school GPAs better predictors of college performance than the ACT?

Not in Kentucky! There is an effort underway across the country and in Kentucky to reduce emphasis on and attention to the fairly disappointing scores from the ACT college entrance test. The argument being made is that high school grade point averages (GPA) are better predictors of college performance, so emphasis on the ACT is…

Which Kentucky school districts grade too hard or too easy?

A new report from the Fordham Institute about “Grade Inflation in High Schools (2005–2016)” relates to topics like “Hollow Diplomas” that we have been concerned about at the Bluegrass Institute for some time (see here and here for some examples). The new study, which looks at results for North Carolina, contains some interesting findings, including:…

All Kentucky Comprehensive Support and Improvement Schools are not equal

Kentucky’s new assessment and accountability information was released to the public today, and one area of great interest involves the schools that were identified as lowest performing under the “Comprehensive Support and Improvement” (CSI) category. The issue to be addressed here is that not all of the new CSI schools are really equal. In fact,…