Kansas State Department of Education

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State Board of Education & Evolution: “Not a Bunch of Kansas Crazies”

First let’s make this absolutely clear: Kansas’ State Board of Education is not deciding whether the teaching of evolution should be included in the Next Generation Science Standards¬†(NGSS). That’s already been decided in the affirmative by the scientists and educators who wrote the Framework for K-12 Science Education¬†that the standards are based on. And — … Continue reading

Kansas NCLB Flexibility Waiver: “We are getting closer and closer to being approved”

“We are getting closer and closer to being approved” was the update members of the Kansas State Board of Education heard at their June meeting earlier this week. What they are waiting for is federal approval of their request for a waiver of the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). State Education … Continue reading

“We’re Trying To Fight a Guerrilla War”: Kansas To Battle With Feds Over Local Control Of Public Schools

Next Monday, when students in the Kansas City, Kansas (KCK) district return to school after spring break, they’re going to get some bad news. Those enrolled in grades three through seven are going to have to take about three more weeks of standardized tests this spring. Unfortunately, these students are caught in the middle of … 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

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

Basehor-Linwood School District Enters the Matrix

Basehor-Linwood was one of the first school districts to enter the Matrix. This week the superintendent and one of his principals shared their experiences at the Kansas State Department of Education’s (KSDE) annual conference in Wichita. To enter the Matrix, they didn’t have to plug themselves into a computer network the way Neo did in … Continue reading

Data Driven: Kansas Education Department Annual Conference

This week, the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) is hosting its annual conference in Wichita. School board members, administrators and teachers from across the state are attending. Glancing over the list of scheduled breakout sessions these educators can choose from, I keep noticing the word “data.” Session descriptions refer to a data dilemma, data … 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

Kansas School Superintendents Approve Legislative Positions

Yesterday, the Kansas School Superintendents’ Association published their legislative positions for the 2011-2012 school year. Unanimously, the superintendents chose to support the following: Finance — It is a function of the state of Kansas to equitably finance the public schools at a level equal to or greater than the current law. Personnel — We support … 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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