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These YouTube videos can be accessed by simply clicking on the titles. The videos are generally listed in reverse order of posting in, most recent addition first.

Government Transparency - Mercatus Center Presentation to Kentucky Legislature

Hon. Maurice McTigue of the Mercatus Center briefs the Kentucky Senate State and Local Government Committee on government transparency.

The Bluegrass Institute

A brief introduction to the Bluegrass Institute and its mission.


Uses actual Kentucky Department of Education training materials to show how including writing portfolios in the CATS assessment and accountability program imposes artificial rules that tie writing teachers hands.

High Tech Hijacking - Web Site Domain Names Seized

Includes highlights from the press conference on the illegal seizure of on line gambling site Web domain names by Kentucky’s governor. Subsequent to this conference, a higher court in Kentucky ruled that the lower court approval of the seizure was in fact inappropriate and that lower court has been banned from taking any further action in this case of illegal seizure of private intellectual property.

Kentucky Versus Tennessee In NAEP Writing

Compares the 2007 results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 8th grade writing assessment in Kentucky and Tennessee. Points out that all demographic indicators showed Kentucky should outscore Tennessee on writing, but in fact the opposite actually occurred.

Kentucky Versus California In NAEP Writing

Compares the 2007 results from The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 8th grade writing assessment in Kentucky and California. Points out that all demographic indicators showed Kentucky should have strongly outscored California, including the fact that in California one out of five students who took this writing assessment, which is only given in English, were still officially classified as English Language Learners. However, despite similar poverty rates and a student exclusion situation that strongly favored Kentucky, both states got statistically tied proficiency rates on this writing assessment.

Independence Day Commentary from Jim Waters

Bluegrass Institute’s Jim Water's thoughts on the real meaning of freedom and independence.

Knowing, or Not

Explores a key question: Do high school teachers know what kids need for college? Examines that issue using results from the ACT, Incorporated’s curriculum survey.

NCLB Graduation Rate Changes for Kentucky

Are Kentuckians Education Cheapskates? Pt 1

Creating fair comparisons of education finances from state to state is a complex undertaking that is prone to serious errors. This two-part series explores some of the issues with various reports on how Kentucky really compares in education finances.

Are Kentuckians Education Cheapskates? Pt 2 (Continuation of Pt 1)

Charter School Information for Kentucky R2

Many in Kentucky know very little about the new wave of public schools, known as charter schools. This video explains some of the issues.

Does Kentucky's CATS Assessment Require Proficiency Pt 1

The operation of Kentucky’s CATS public school assessment program bewilders and mystifies many people in Kentucky, even educators who must directly work with this program. This four- part series breaks down the confusion with a careful discussion of the key elements of CATS and how CATS actually will not require anything close to proficiency for all, or even proficiency for many, students in 2014. After discussing basic issues in Parts 1 and 2, Part 3 discusses how the resetting of CATS scoring standards in 2007 further inflates results. Part 4 finally discusses evidence from the National Assessment of Educational Progress that CATS has become more and more inflated over time, and that inflation began even before the 2007 resetting of CATS scoring standards further eroded any stability in the scores from this assessment.

Be sure to watch for one key shocker – examples of schools that already score high enough as of 2004 to avoid all sanctions in 2014 despite phenomenally low proficiency rates such as 39% for math and 0% (Yes, that is correct – zero percent proficiency!) for on-demand writing.