• A-F Grading Comes to Kansas

    A-F Grading Comes to Kansas0

    It’s been too hard, for too long for parents to understand exactly how their child’s school is performing. Every state has a “Report Card” system that provides information on student performance, demographics, attendance rates and other related data regarding public schools. Most state systems, including Kansas, use ‘fuzzy’ labels like ‘approaching standard’ or ‘Level 1’

  • Disconnected players lead to education funding mess

    Disconnected players lead to education funding mess0

    Why is the system of funding Kansas public schools such a mess? Whose fault is it? Is it the Legislature’s? The Supreme Court’s? Could it be the State Board of Education (SBOE) and the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE)? Maybe the feds? How about the schools themselves, do they play a role? Or is

  • Student-focused Florida trounces $-focused Kansas

    Student-focused Florida trounces $-focused Kansas0

    Facts keep getting in the way of the education lobby’s contention that money drives academic achievement, and the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the latest instance. Despite spending $1,159 per-pupil less than money-focused Kansas, student-focused Florida has significantly better results.  Of the eight proficiency measurements covering two subjects and two grade levels