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|NUMBER 149||THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS||JUNE 1998|
How Are KERA Kids Doing?
Newsweek Magazine published a list in March of what it called "America's Top High Schools." The single requirement for inclusion was the number of Advanced Placement tests the students in the schools had taken.
Of the 100 public high schools cited, none was in Kentucky. Furthermore, the magazine's web site recognized 233 high schools for having "ambitious students, teachers and administrators." Not one was in Kentucky, though some southern states were well-represented. In a state that boasts of the education reform system (KERA) that was to lead the rest of the country, student performance falls directly in line with the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) results, which placed U.S. students 19th out of 21 countries in science and math (see Education Reporter, April 1998.)
And last year, 66% of Kentucky's 4th graders got the lowest scores possible in "writing on demand," the ability to achieve what was supposed to be the very substance of KERA.