Richard Innes
Staff Education Analyst


  • Accountability
  • Achievement gap
  • Academic standards
  • Assessment
  • Blended learning
  • Common Core
  • Data and statistics
  • Educational standards
  • NAEP

Richard Innes, currently the staff education analyst for the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, was part of the initial cadre of Air Force instructor pilots that introduced automated teaching technology into the pilot training program, educating in a highly demanding environment – and doing it with high tech – in 1971. Innes has been investigating Kentucky’s education reforms since 1994. Those reforms introduced many radial innovations such as School Based Decision Making, multi-age classrooms, and new state assessments heavily dependent upon written answer questions and performance items like writing and mathematics portfolios and “Performance Events.” Innesgained national attention in 1999 when he highlighted significant problems with exclusion of learning disabled students from the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Cautions about uneven exclusion rates now are found in recent NAEP reports, and research continues on ways to correct for this issue. Degrees: Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio; Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

College and career readiness: Graduation rate