Elementary and Secondary Education Act

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Feds Have Questions for Kansas & Missouri About ESEA Flexibility Waiver Applications

The U.S. Department of Education has a few questions, and staff members at the Kansas and Missouri state departments of education are busy answering them. The deadline was May 1, but there seems to be some flexibility in the schedule. “Flexibility” is the key word here, because the questions are about the states’ requests for … Continue reading

Accountability on the Agenda at Missouri State Board of Education Meeting

Members of Missouri’s State Board of Education held their monthly meeting in Jefferson City today. In addition to routine business on the agenda, such as hearing a financial report and considering teacher licensure requests, the board dealt with two action items. Both had to do with accountability. First, State Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro asked the … Continue reading

Kansas State Board of Education Holds January Meeting

The Kansas State Board of Education held their monthly meeting in Topeka last week. In addition to routine items on their agenda (such as consideration of requests for teacher licensure waivers), the board had a full two-day schedule. Two items on the agenda were significant from an education policy standpoint. First, board members heard a … Continue reading

Here’s a Radical Idea: Use Standardized Tests to Guide Student Growth, Not Just Grade Schools

Critics of standardized assessments — such as the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) test — voice concern that test results are not available in a timely manner for teachers to use in helping students learn. Instead, Missouri districts uses the results primarily for bureaucratic purposes, to file their Annual Performance Reports (APR). But that may be … Continue reading

Two Local Districts Helping Kansas Test New Way to Evaluate Educators

Two metropolitan area school districts are pilot sites this year for a new educator evaluation program the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) is developing. Administrators in the Spring Hill School District will be piloting the district and building leader evaluation programs, and some educators in the Kansas City, Kansas School District will be piloting … Continue reading


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