• 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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  • 2018 Public Education Factbook

    2018 Public Education Factbook0

    Aside from ACT scores, the data in this Fact Book all 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 2016- 2017 academic year. Additional information (including annual historical data)

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  • Nationwide report card shows Kansas continues to perform below national average

    Nationwide report card shows Kansas continues to perform below national average0

    Once again, the Kansas education system has been ranked in the bottom half of the states, lagging behind the nation as a whole. The 22nd annual edition of Quality Counts, a nationwide report card that provides a letter grade for each state’s education system was recently released. Kansas earned an overall grade of C, with

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