• 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

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  • 2017 NAEP – small gain but long way to go

    2017 NAEP – small gain but long way to go0

    The 2017 NAEP results (National Assessment of Educational Progress) released last week show a few small gains for Kansas students but proficiency levels remain stubbornly low, especially for low income students.  Low income students, who are identified by Kansas education officials as being eligible for free or reduced lunch, gained considerable ground in 4th Grade

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  • School funding is adequate for 92% graduation rate

    School funding is adequate for 92% graduation rate0

    Revised estimates from the authors of the WestEd cost study show current school funding is adequate to produce up to a 92 percent high school graduation rate.  That’s not to validate the notion that funding can be calculated to produce any particular outcome, mind you, but judges and others who buy into the theory and

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  • School lobby pushes money correlation myth

    School lobby pushes money correlation myth0

    The new WestEd school cost study says “funding alone is not enough;…if one fails to consider how well resources are used, then increasing how much resources are provided may have a limited effect on student outcomes.”  But the Kansas school lobby is vigorously pushing the money correlation myth, hoping legislators and parents will think spending

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  • How money is spent, not how much, is key in K-12 spending, Hanushek tells Kansans

    How money is spent, not how much, is key in K-12 spending, Hanushek tells Kansans0

    “How money is spent is much more important than how much money is spent,” when it comes to government spending. This is the key takeaway from Dr. Eric Hanushek’s recent trip to Kansas. Hanushek is an internationally acclaimed economist and a Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. He has literally written the book on

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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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