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  • Proficiency plummets to historic lows on 2022 NAEP in Kansas

    Proficiency plummets to historic lows on 2022 NAEP in Kansas0

    Reading and math proficiency fell to historic lows on the 2022 NAEP test, with just a third of 4th-grade proficient and only a quarter of 8th-graders.  The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is administered by the U.S. Department of Education and is considered the gold standard of student achievement measurement in the nation.  A

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  • FAQs about ESAs

    FAQs about ESAs0

    The future of school choice might very well revolve around a relatively new idea in giving parents school choice options: the ESA. Here are some frequently asked questions regarding ESAs – what they are, what they do and why they are becoming increasingly popular and important school choice alternatives. Q. There has been a lot

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  • Disappointing, but not surprising, low scores on the 2022 state assessment

    Disappointing, but not surprising, low scores on the 2022 state assessment0

    Student achievement results on the just-released 2022 state assessment are disappointingly low, which is no surprise.  And neither does the dismissive attitude of state education officials. Commissioner Randy Watson told the State Board of Education yesterday that math scores improved slightly but were not back to 2019 levels, and English Languages Arts slightly declined.  That'sREAD MORE
  • School accountability a key component in student success

    School accountability a key component in student success0

    Nearly a half-million Kansas students are enrolled in the public school system. Public schools now spend over seven billion taxpayer dollars each year. The estimate for the current year is that per-pupil spending will increase to over $16,000. Despite all the increases in spending – much of that court-ordered – overall student achievement remains unacceptably

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  • Curriculum transparency: parents’ right to know what’s being taught, and how

    Curriculum transparency: parents’ right to know what’s being taught, and how0

    One post-pandemic phenomenon in the realm of public education is parents’ concerns over what is being taught in public schools. It started as parents became more aware of curriculum as they were able to see first-hand what their children were being taught during pandemic-driven distance learning. It came to a head with the protests of

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  • School districts (again) disregard building needs assessment law

    School districts (again) disregard building needs assessment law0

    You might think that if the folks funding your organization asked for some additional work to make sure that goals are accomplished, and that money is well-spent, the organization would do so.  But in the case of Kansas public school districts and legally-required building needs assessment reports, you’d be wrong. A 2021 examination of 25READ MORE