• 2019 Education FactBook gives perspective on spending and achievement

    2019 Education FactBook gives perspective on spending and achievement0

    To say there is a lot of public education data out there would be an understatement. Data on spending, revenues, student achievement, and personnel is all over the place.  Wouldn’t it be great if all that pertinent data was in one easy to access location? Well, it is. KPI has just released the 2019 Public

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  • KPI Releases 2019 Public Education FactBook

    KPI Releases 2019 Public Education FactBook0

    Aside from ACT scores, all data in this Fact Book come from official government sources, including local school districts, the Kansas Department of Education (KSDE), and the U.S. Department of Education. All data are the most current available and, unless otherwise noted, span through the 2017-2018 academic year. Additional information (including annual historical data) for

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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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  • Cato study disputes claims of Kansas education efficiency

    Cato study disputes claims of Kansas education efficiency0

    One of the findings in the 2018 WestED K-12 cost study is a high level of efficiency in school spending, with efficiency in case meaning ‘bang for the buck.’ However, a study just released by the Cato Institute  says 30 states do better than Kansas when spending is adjusted for cost-of-living variances. Dr. Lori Taylor,

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  • Schools misinterpret ‘efficiency’ in WestEd study

    Schools misinterpret ‘efficiency’ in WestEd study0

    The WestEd school funding cost study commissioned earlier this year by the Kansas legislature has been cited by some education officials as saying school efficiency is very high, meaning there is little room to reduce costs in the state’s 286 school districts.  But that’s a misinterpretation.  Dr. Lori Taylor, lead author of the study, graciously

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  • About that Tallman Education Report…just one more thing

    About that Tallman Education Report…just one more thing0

    In an early ‘70s Columbo episode, the iconic detective was convinced that a recorded phone conversation was the key to proving Columbo’s suspect was indeed the murderer. He listened to the tape again and again, hoping to hear a background noise that didn’t belong, thus proving the suspect (in this case Robert Culp, who played

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