Over at the Prichard Committee’s blog, they are waxing ecstatic about a new report that Prichard head Bob Sexton and Prichard number cruncher Susan Weston just released called, “Substantial and Yet Not Sufficient: Kentucky’s Effort to Build Proficiency for Each and Every Child.”
I think they only got the title half right.
This graph shows the latest available eighth grade results for Kentucky from the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
After almost two decades of KERA, I don’t see how anyone can be very happy about the fact that less than one in three of our eighth grade kids is proficient in any of these subjects, while in the critical areas of reading, writing and “rithmetic,” the proportion is closer to only one in four students.
“Substantial” progress – Hardly!
Even if we had started at zero back in 1990 (and we didn’t start that low), the proficiency rate growth is so slow that we are decades away from seeing rates that I would call “substantial” in Kentucky’s NAEP results.
Not sufficient – You Bet!