• Low-income students in private schools shine

    Low-income students in private schools shine0

    As we celebrate the tenth annual National School Choice Week, it is once more time to show how most private schools outperform their public school counterparts in getting low-income students college and/or career ready. Yet again in 2019, a much higher percentage of students attending parochial schools in Kansas urban areas scored more college/career ready

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  • Building-level spending disproves ‘spending drives achievement’ theory

    Building-level spending disproves ‘spending drives achievement’ theory0

    Of the five high schools in USD 500 Kansas City, the one that spends the least amount per-pupil has the highest scores on the state assessment test.  Each school has high levels of economically challenged students, but one school earns a ‘B’ for its state assessment results and the other four get an ‘F.’ Spending

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  • Audit shows targeted funding misses at-risk students

    Audit shows targeted funding misses at-risk students0

    (M)ost at-risk spending was used for teachers and programs for all students and did not appear to specifically address at-risk students as required by state law. This statement is the heart of the findings reported by Legislative Post Audit (LPA) in their performance audit K-12 Education: Evaluating At-Risk Student Counts, Weights, and Expenditures released this

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  • School debt sets new records in Kansas

    School debt sets new records in Kansas0

    While student achievement remains relatively low and stagnant, local school boards’ focus on constructing new buildings set a new record for school debt at $6.53 billion for the 2019 school year.  Debt per-student for the 177 districts with bond debt also set a new record at $15,137.  The data comes from the Kansas Department of

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  • NAEP scores – double trouble for Kansas students

    NAEP scores – double trouble for Kansas students0

    The U.S. Department of Education released the 2019 scores for the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), and the results are not good for Kansas students. Not only did composite scores drop considerably from 2017, Kansas students are now performing worse than in 2003. Only one in three Kansas 8th graders is proficient in math

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  • The Broken Record Syndrome: More money to education and flat state assessment scores

    The Broken Record Syndrome: More money to education and flat state assessment scores0

    State assessment scores for 2019 remained virtually unchanged from 2018 and slightly lower than 2017 scores despite a court-ordered influx of hundreds of millions of dollars to K-12 public education pursuant to the Gannon lawsuit. Overall, the percentage of all students taking the state assessments – grades 3 through 8 and grade 10 – who

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