Kentucky's Governor Says No To Overhauling CATS Test

Governor Beshear says Kentucky’s accountability tests should not be changed.

The governor says he would veto Senate Bill 1 which calls for a major overhaul of the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System commonly called "CATS."

The bill would replace open response questions with multiple choice problems, and do away with writing portfolios for some students.

Governor Beshear says such legislation would jeopardize Kentucky’s compliance with No Child Left Behind and federal education money.


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  • by Julia Location: KY on Mar 6, 2008 at 03:46 PM
    In my opinion, a lot of what is taught to our children today is aimed toward what looks good on paper, what brings in more grant money. When our children are taught this way, how do they retain any of it? It is pushed upon them before state test time and yes, I will admit, the test scores show they did well on the tests (whether that was due to cramming it down their throats or looking at the answers posted on the walls of each classroom). Ask them in a few weeks AFTER the test...Did they retain it? Did they understand it or was it just memorization? I can understand that in this day and age that our children need a competitive edge, especially when they seek higher education, but at what cost? Having to take remedial classes when they get into college? That is absurd! Gov. Beshear needs to talk to the people who actually know what is going on with our kids, the parents and the teachers. CATS has not benefited our children in any way since it's inception. Go back to basics!!!
  • by Worried Grandmother Location: Pikeville on Mar 6, 2008 at 10:25 AM
    Has Governor Beshear had children or grandchildren tested under this system? Has he taught using these tests? Has he discussed this test with teachers/retired teachers/students? Has he talked with college professors to compare the present students with those BEFORE these tests began? Probably not. But I bet you my bottom dollar (pun intended) that he has talked to MANY people about HIS casino deal. How can he say, "No?" to something he apparently knows nothing about. I am concerned and worried about my grandchildren and all children who are not receiving quality education. They are not being taught writing skills. They spend so much time writing that they are missing out on many basic skills. If we had not wasted so much money on this useless testing system we wouldn't need to even discuss gambling that will only destroy families. Let's not waste any more! I am so proud that I did not vote for this governor who lacks this same sentiment.
  • by Anonymous Location: Leslie on Mar 5, 2008 at 07:35 PM
    I think the governor is confused. The NCLB only requires that students are tested in the areas of reading and mathematics in grades three through eight. They must also be tested in reading and mathematics one time during grades 9-12. The CTBS test we have given in the past would accomplish this. The money our state wastes on the CATS could be better spent in other areas. If people are lobbying for CATS, the legislature needs to take a closer look at why they are. Are they being paid to assist districts that are supposedly missing the mark on the CATS? Are they providing professional development to help districts improve? Has the governor actually taken a look at how much time is spent on the CATS Assessment? In one grade or another, we are testing four times during the school year. They also plan to add another test at grade three and Workkeys at the high school level. Give us a break! Give us time to teach!
  • by c Location: fkt on Mar 5, 2008 at 07:25 PM
    I agree with Anonymous/Pikeville, CATS is a test to determine the accountability of the teachers and not the students. What does the Governor know about education anyway? He's so wrapped up in his casino deal that he cannot possibly know what goes on in the schools! I also agree with KY taxpayer, other states do not use CATS yet they are in compliance with NCLB, so what's wrong with KY moving forward. CA saw that the test was flawed, so why can't our governor get his head out of the casino owner's butts longer enough to see that CATS is not the test for KY! I hope there is enough lawmakers in the General Assembly that will override his veto of Senate Bill 1. Perhaps they will have more insight than our governor into the education of our children!
  • by What? on Mar 5, 2008 at 06:44 PM
    Well, then I take back my vote for the Governor. I am so disappointed. How can you make such quick decisions without even talking to parents or teachers or students that have been jeopardized by this system? We finally have some legislatures willing to tackle such an enormous task and we have a governor who is unwilling to do what is best for children in order to save face of the time and money put into it. Wake up, Governor Beshear! Our children deserve better. Our teachers do work hard. Most teachers are in edcuation for the right reason and they go over and beyond what is expected. Yes, there are those who just get through the day without any consideration to the children or parents. Apparently there are people in elected office who do the same. I am very sorry I voted for you.
  • by Mother of 2 Location: East KY on Mar 5, 2008 at 03:49 PM
    The CATS testing is wrong. The school (May Valley Elem.) ranked 1st in the state for K-5... The CATS testing is all the school (ADMINS)thinks about.. it is not about the kids.. The school started at the beginning of the year talking about CATS.. The CATS is for 3-5 Grade classes.. The CATS does not help anyone. This school puts to much pressure on them to "BE THE BEST"... I am sure this is not the only school this way. Many other parents like myself are fed-up with CATS!!!!!!!!! This is like other issues the Gov. (I Help ELECT) is messing up on....
  • by J Location: KY on Mar 5, 2008 at 03:20 PM
    Contact info: (this includes snail mail address too): http://governor.ky.gov/contact.htm
  • by J Location: KY on Mar 5, 2008 at 03:19 PM
    It all boils down to the mighty dollar. I guess as long as they get the federal grants for the CATS and No Child Left Behind (what a joke) they are unconcerned with the actual education our children receive...why am I NOT surprised? Let's let Gov. Beshear know how we feel about it by emailing him....can't hurt...
  • by sick of it Location: ky on Mar 5, 2008 at 02:58 PM
    I don't think the governor should have a say so about what gets taught in the classroom. NCLB act has a good title but I am still seeing children left behind. When kids are in high school and can't read or don't even know their multiplication facts how can you expect them to do good on a test? I'm with you anonymous....it is accountability for the teachers not the students. It's all about which teacher is the best teacher and how much money each school will get when it's over. It has absolutely nothing to do with the children even though that's what it is supposed to be about.
  • by Bill Location: Harlan on Mar 5, 2008 at 01:57 PM
    As an educator, I'm disgusted with this state. KERA!lol CATS!lol I'm going to Georgia so my kids can get off medicaid and get a better education. Thank you Gov. Beshear for slashing funds to the student loan people's best in class loan reduction program. You have successfully put Kentucky at the bottom in education. I guess KEA is finally happy also!
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