• 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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  • Feds award Blue Ribbons to six Kansas schools – McCarthy Elementary in Hays stands apart

    Feds award Blue Ribbons to six Kansas schools – McCarthy Elementary in Hays stands apart0

    Congratulations to six Kansas schools that were named Blue Ribbon schools by the U.S. Department of Education. The five public schools and one private school that earned the honor are Central Plains Elementary (USD 112), Corinth Elementary (USD 512), Clear Creek Elementary (USD 232), McCarthy Elementary (USD 489), Lakewood Elementary (USD 229) and Holy Rosary

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  • Sumner Academy’s student-focused approach leads to high success

    Sumner Academy’s student-focused approach leads to high success0

    One of the purposes of KPI’s A-F grading of Kansas public schools is to find successful approaches to student success that other schools can duplicate. One such high school is Kansas City’s Sumner Academy of Arts and Sciences (USD 500). Sumner Academy is the highest graded urban high school in the state. Sumner was also

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  • 2018 A-F Grading of Kansas Schools Released

    2018 A-F Grading of Kansas Schools Released0

    One year ago, Kansas Policy Institute unveiled the initial groundbreaking A-F grading system for Kansas public schools and released the 2018 grade card last week. KPI undertook that effort to create a reporting system so that parents could more easily understand exactly how schools are performing. The Kansas Department of Education (KSDE), like all state

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  • 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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