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  • Blue Valley high schools top Niche state rankings

    Blue Valley high schools top Niche state rankings0

    The five Blue Valley high schools (USD 229) topped the latest public high school rankings from Niche.  Blue Valley North earned the top spot, followed by Blue Valley High, Blue Valley West, Blue Valley Northwest and Blue Valley Southwest. On the private schools side, Wichita Collegiate is ranked number one followed by Bishop Seabury Academy

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  • Kansans Can – hardly an “ambitious overhaul of Kansas schools”

    Kansans Can – hardly an “ambitious overhaul of Kansas schools”0

    The Kansas City Star published an article entitled “High grad rates, flat test scores: Is an ambitious overhaul of Kansas schools working?” In the piece the authors claim that KSDE’s signature initiative, Kansans Can– now five years into implementation – is “transforming education across the state.” Is Kansans Can really “transforming” Kansas schools? No. The

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  • KSDE’s Kansans Can awards are mostly participation ribbons

    KSDE’s Kansans Can awards are mostly participation ribbons0

    For the past several decades, schools have been (accurately) accused and rightfully chastised for practicing an “everybody wins!” approach to any kind of competition and academic achievement. At the very least, all “competitors” receive participation ribbons, as an indicator that, indeed, everybody wins. The 2020 Kansans Can awards, announced at the August state board meeting

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  • Kansas Title I program has not improved low-income student achievement

    Kansas Title I program has not improved low-income student achievement0

    The Biden administration proposes to spend billions more on the federal Title I instructional program, but given the program’s history, the massive increase will likely not improve achievement of the low-income students – including those here in Kansas – Title I was designed to help. This article will show that Title I, despite providing annually

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