Kansas State Board of Education

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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

How Local Districts Would Fare Under Gov. Brownback’s Proposed School Funding Plan

Most Kansas City metropolitan-area districts wouldn’t fare any better under Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposed school funding formula than they do under the current one. When the governor’s policy director, Landon Fulmer, presented the plan to the Kansas State Board of Education during their meeting this morning, he also provided a spread sheet. It details state … Continue reading

Kansas State Board of Education Hears Details of Governor’s School Finance Proposal

This morning, the Kansas State Board of Education heard details of the school financing formula Gov. Sam Brownback plans to propose to the state legislature when it convenes in January. “Thank you for eliminating some of the original parts of the formula that were so controversial,” Board Member Jana Shaver told Brownback’s policy director, Landon … Continue reading

Kansas State Board of Education Hears Update on NCLB Flexibility Waiver

Imagine a student who performs well in class. She makes 100 percent on her first exam. However, a school rule requires her to improve her performance on each test for the rest of the year. If she doesn’t, the school will print “Failing” on her report card. That is the situation some schools find themselves … Continue reading

Kansas State Board of Education Hears Update on Next Generation Science Standards

Shh! Everyone (including 10 Kansas City metropolitan area residents) working on the first draft of the national Next Generation Science Standards has been sworn to secrecy. “Just be patient for another month or so,” Chairman David T. Dennis advised Kansas State Board of Education members who were curious about the contents of the standards, which … Continue reading

KC-Area Educators Helping Develop National Science Standards

Six educators, a state representative and three business people from the Kansas City-metropolitan area are helping develop the nation’s Next Generation Science Standards. They are serving on a statewide committee to review and comment on work being done by Kansas State Department of Education staff members. Similar committees are hard at work in 19 other … Continue reading

One Kansas Board of Education Member Questions Accuracy of State Report Card

During their monthly meeting this week, Kansas State Board of Education members listened to a presentation regarding “The State Report Card.” This was when they heard that public schools in the state were doing a pretty good job. Scores in reading and math are going up. Science scores need some work. More schools are making … Continue reading

KS State Board of Education: What do Chocolate Chip Cookies & Accreditation Have in Common?

“It’s kind of like a giant rubric.” That was how Kansas State Board of Education member Kathy Martin responded to a proposed new school accreditation model. Kansas State Department of Education¬†(KSDE) staff members described their proposal for a new method of grading schools at yesterday’s monthly board meeting in Topeka. The rubric Martin referred to … Continue reading


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