• Once again low-income students do better in Kansas private schools

    Once again low-income students do better in Kansas private schools0

    With National School Choice Week (NSCW) another rousing success last month , it’s appropriate once again to show how much better private schools prepare low-income students for college/career readiness than Kansas public schools. Results from the 2018 state assessments for each of the five areas listed in the table (Wichita, Kanas City, Dodge City, Salina,

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  • Different look at state assessment results provides same conclusion

    Different look at state assessment results provides same conclusion0

    Much of the focus on state assessment scores is how low-income students are performing and achievement gaps – and deservedly so. Nevertheless, the Kansas Supreme Court’s current Gannon rulings all but demand a continued evaluation of overall achievement. The justices have staked out a claim that there is a causal relationship between money and outcomes.

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  • College and Career Readiness Remains Persistently Low

    College and Career Readiness Remains Persistently Low0

    The 2017 state assessment results released this week by the Kansas Department of Education shows college and career readiness remains persistently low across Kansas.  The state average for 10th grade low income students is just 11 percent and a slight decline from 11.2 percent last year; 34.1 percent of those who aren’t low income are

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  • When it comes to education spending accountability “the times, they are a-changin”

    When it comes to education spending accountability “the times, they are a-changin”0

    The Kansas Legislature appropriates half the entire general fund budget and over $4,000,000,000 total each year to support K-12 education. However, the Legislature doesn’t manage public education. That’s up to the State Board of Education and the Kansas State Department of Education. The 286 Kansas school districts spend their state appropriation (along with another billion

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  • Most Kansas legislators won’t declare their principles

    Most Kansas legislators won’t declare their principles0

    Lots of declarations are made on the campaign trail and town hall meetings, but when asked to declare their principles on key state budget and education issues, most Kansas legislators wouldn’t respond. Kansas Policy Institute asked all 165 Kansas legislators to respond to a 6-question multiple choice online survey between January 13 and January 30

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  • Student achievement crisis continues

    Student achievement crisis continues0

    There is an achievement crisis in the Kansas education system that must be reversed if our students are to be prepared for the demands of the dynamic work environments the future promises. The Kansas State Department of Education tells us that in three short years, 71% of jobs in Kansas will require postsecondary education or

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