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December School Board Meetings — Week 2

The Kansas State Board of Education and 19 local school boards met during the second week of December. Kansas State Board of Education Highlights: Heard a report about how the state sets academic standards for student standardized tests. Considered allowing student participation in the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) to satisfy the state’s physical … Continue reading

November School Board Meetings — Week 3

The Kansas State Board of Education and 21 local school boards met during the third week of November. Kansas State Board of Education Highlights: Considered adopting an official state definition of the phrase “College and Career ready.” Districts throughout the state are phasing in the new national Common Core Standards, which the state board has … Continue reading

August School Board Reports — Week 1

One local school board met last week. Kansas Olathe School District Highlights: Public budget hearing Considering approval of district budget for 2012-13 school year Preliminary student learning report with information on Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) as required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and information on the state’s new waiver of requirements … 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

Kansas & Missouri Education Departments Still Waiting for Federal Flexibility Waivers

Kansas and Missouri are not on the U.S. Department of Education’s most recent list of states receiving waivers that would give them flexibility in meeting requirements of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. Last month, both states received letters from the federal government asking them to revise their applications and re-submit. Applications from Kansas … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

AYP Appears to Measure Affluence Not Academics

No Missouri district in the Kansas City metropolitan area made adequate yearly progress (AYP) last year, according to the federal government’s No Child Left Behind Act. Last week, Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released preliminary AYP scores for the 2010-2011 school year. Schools may appeal to have data corrected, and the department plans … Continue reading

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