The Kentucky Department of Education provides such a public service through its Kentucky Education Facts page, where you can learn that we have 9,822 school buses (thank you bus drivers), 5,639 parents serving on school councils (thank you parent leaders), and 811 Family Resource/Youth Service Centers (thank you to FRYSC staff).
You can also learn that…
The Fordham Institute’s Michael Petrilli has a recent blog post that shows how teacher salaries across the U.S. have not kept up with rising expenditures for public education. If teacher salaries had kept pace with overall spending, according to these data, the average Kentucky teacher salary in 2015-16 would be $78,011 rather than $53,093.How can…
We count on teachers – classroom teachers as well as counselors, librarians, coaches, and so many others in our schools – to contribute to the academic and personal growth of children in our lives and in our communities.
Many of us can track our own life trajectories to teachers who challenged, encouraged, and supported us along…
TNTP’s powerful Opportunity Myth report has illuminated how far we have to go as a nation to ensure all students benefit from four critical factors: grade-level assignments, strong instruction, deep engagement, and high expectations. I encourage readers to review the report. It includes detailed data drawn from classroom observations and analysis of student work, as…
Aug 31 2018
The Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) is considering a proposal from the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) to make substantial changes to the state’s minimum high school graduation requirements. They will vote on the proposal in early October. In my previous post, I shared a bit of history about how we got to where we…
Aug 31 2018
The Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) is considering a proposal from the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) to make substantial changes to the state’s minimum high school graduation requirements. They will vote on the proposal in October.
I have many thoughts about this proposal, but first, I want to walk through how we got to where…
Jul 16 2018
Kentucky’s new education accountability plan – thoughts for policy and data people
Geology students learn to distinguish among many different kinds of rocks, many of which appear exactly the same.
Diorite, tonalite, monzonite, syenite, anorthosite – you could call them granite. You would be correct. They are ever so slightly different kinds of granite.
My petrology professor lightheartedly…
Jul 09 2018
Finding a Path – Navigating Kentucky's New Education Accountability for Parents and Community Leadership
Over the next two years, state education leaders will be working to shift the ways they evaluate and communicate about student learning in Kentucky public schools and school districts.
While I have 142 questions about how all of this will play out, here is one of the most important:
Will these new approaches provide parent and community…
Feb 19 2018
Note: We’re wrapping up our discussion of what’s new and what’s around the corner for student tests in Kentucky, focusing on issues of interest to families and communities. Previously, we’ve explored how tests can help students learn, how they can inform teachers in the classroom, how they can clarify expectations, and how they can be used to benchmark performance to schools across…
Jan 04 2018
Note: We’re in the midst of discussing what’s new and what’s around the corner for student tests in Kentucky, focusing on issues of interest to families and communities. With this post, we’re exploring how one Kentucky school district uses tests to benchmark student learning and engagement in their schools, as compared to schools across the U.S. and…