Nov 04 2019The SEEK formula is the main source of K-12 education funding for Kentucky students. SEEK is short for Support Education Excellence in Kentucky, and the formula works by combining state and local dollars, in four main steps. Discussion of SEEK has been heating up in recent weeks, with concerns about the formula's adequacy and equity, including important recent coverage by WEKU and WFPL. And with the General Assembly due to start budget work in two months, the topic is sure to stay in the news.
Oct 31 2019
Kentucky did not gain ground in the newest results from the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP). We need to own that truth in order to change it, so this will be a pretty blunt, quick post showing the absence of improvement in our reading and math scores.
For simplicity, the analysis will use the percent…
Oct 08 2019
Only 30 Kentucky schools have significant achievement gaps between African American students and the school’s top scoring racial or ethnic group? That’s what this year’s school report cards say.
I hope someday to live in a commonwealth where that claim makes sense.
To me, this year, it doesn’t.
I see 152 schools that had 2018-19 gaps of 20…
Oct 02 2019Statewide, 2019 assessment results show little improvement compared to 2018. Here, I’ll look at reading, math, and science results, using those trends to call for major renewal of our statewide efforts to build excellence with equity. So, here’s a look at elementary reading.
Aug 08 2019
So, I’ve shared my excitement about problem solving in our science standards, our social studies standards, and our standards for an array of other disciplines. There’s one more thing to look at head on: these exciting expectations aren’t going to be easy to meet.
Delivering will entail assignments where Kentucky students can build up each of…
Aug 07 2019
Having shared how problem-solving has a central place in Kentucky’s academic standards for science and social studies, I’ll turn today to how a related emphasis appears across our standards for other disciplines that matter for our K-12 students.
Central on mathematical practice
Our mathematics standards are organized around eight practices and a set of standards for mathematical…
Aug 06 2019
We want Kentucky students to be increasingly able to “Think and solve problems in school situations and in a variety of situations they will encounter in life.” Yesterday’s post looked at how our science standards call for deep work to meet that expectation from our 1990 Kentucky Education Reform Act. Now, let’s turn to social…
Aug 05 2019
I’m excited about Kentucky’s science standards, and problem-solving expectations are one of my biggest reasons. Since our 1990 Reform Act, we’ve called for schools to equip students to “Think and solve problems in school situations and in a variety of situations they will encounter in life,” and for many off us, that call resonates with…
Jul 15 2019The Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation offers an important annual look at the well-being of children in each state, with Kentucky Youth Advocates as a key partner in the work. The 2019 edition is out now, and here comes a tour of the Kentucky data points that get spotlight attention.
Jun 19 201930 years ago, the Kentucky Supreme Court issued its powerful ruling in Rose v. Council for Better Education, insisting that a constitutional “efficient system of common schools” must give each and every child opportunity to develop seven student capacities. Do our current state standards, assessments, and accountability rules aim to deliver those capacities? Here comes my take.