The Kansas State Board of Education met Tuesday, Jan. 15.
From a policy standpoint, the highlights of their agenda were:
- Swearing in newly elected and re-elected board members Carolyn Wims-Campbell, Kathy Busch, Deena Horst, Jim McNiece and Steve Roberts.
- Election of new board officers.
- A proposal to re-design the state’s Quality Performance Accreditation program by replacing Annual Yearly Performance reports (no longer required by the federal government, because the state has a waiver of No Child Left Behind requirements) with four Annual Measurable Objectives.
- Proposed new standards for teaching government, history and social studies.
- Update on development of voluntary new national Next Generation Science Standards.
- A report, K-12 Education: Estimating Potential Costs Related to Implementing the No Child Left Behind Waiver in Kansas:
The audit was organized around the four principles of the ESEA Flexibility Waiver of:
1) college and career readiness;
2) assessing student and school performance;
3) teacher and principal evaluation systems; and
4) reducing duplicate reporting and paperwork for school districts.
According to LPA, it is estimated that school districts could incur between $34 million to $63 million to
implement the four principles of the waiver.
- Attending Governor Sam Brownback’s State of the State Address.
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