• 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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  • KSDE ‘success’ tour ignores districts’ academic failures

    KSDE ‘success’ tour ignores districts’ academic failures0

    “The art of a magician is not found in the simple deception, but in what surrounds it, the construction of a reality which supports the illusion.”   This quote from Jim Steinmeyer, a designer of magical illusions, nicely describes the Kansas Department of Education’s so-called ‘success’ tour.  I attended the Olathe session last week, which

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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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