Kansans Want Schools Held Accountable

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Kansans are sending a strong message to legislators as they prepare for next year’s school funding debates – hold schools accountable.  A statewide public opinion survey conducted by SurveyUSA on behalf of Kansas Policy Institute shows: 78 percent of registered voters say non-instruction services should be provided regionally, with the savings put into classrooms. 70 percent say the school funding … Read More

A Student-Focused Response to the Kansas Supreme Court

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There’s good basis for the growing sentiment to defy the recent Kansas Supreme Court opinion on school funding in Gannon, but that would only perpetuate the real education crisis – low achievement levels overall and horrendous achievement gaps for low income students. The time it would take to close achievement gaps for low income students in Kansas once was measured … Read More

College and Career Readiness Remains Persistently Low

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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 on track to be college … Read More

Kansas composite and college ready ACT scores drop in 2017

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The ACT scores for the graduating class of 2017 have just been released and results for Kansas graduates is not encouraging. The overall composite of 21.7 is lower than the 21.9 achieved in 2016. A look inside the composite provides a portrait of consistently lower scores across all academic areas. In each of the four core subjects of math, reading, … Read More

Student Outcomes Not Improving Despite Huge increases in Education Spending

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As the Kansas Legislature decides just how many hundreds of millions of dollars more to give to K-12 education, keep this in mind: using history as a guide, all that money will not improve student outcomes. The graphics are a testament to that. Combining per pupil spending, employment and enrollment data from KSDE with NAEP reading and math scores it … Read More

New Study Shows At-risk Charter School Students Outperform Those in Exclusive Schools

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There is no shortage of those critical of charter schools, and most of their criticism is baseless. The doubting-Thomases like to claim that charter schools drain money from traditional public schools.  Reviews of charter school funding from coast to coast show otherwise. They claim charter schools do not take special education or other special needs students – also not true. … Read More

Private Schools Better for Low Income Students

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The Kansas Association of School Boards tried to give legislators the impression that public schools do just as well as private schools like Catholic and Lutheran schools when adjusting for poverty rates, but the real data shows otherwise.  This scatter plot chart was included in their testimony last week, with the red dots showing the Catholic Dioceses and Lutheran schools. … Read More

Kansans want school funding formula to hold districts accountable

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School districts and unions are lobbying hard to resurrect Kansas’ outdated funding formula with a lot more money added but citizens clearly want something else.  A new market research study released last week shows that Kansans overwhelmingly want a school funding formula that holds districts accountable for spending money efficiently and for improving outcomes.  SurveyUSA conducted the study on behalf … Read More

Innovative schools doing nothing all districts couldn’t do with no evidence of increased student achievement

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Q. Is there anything innovative schools are doing that all other non-innovative schools couldn’t also be doing? A. No. Although not a direct quote, that was part of a Q & A discussion between members of the House Education Committee and Coalition of Innovative School District (CISD) chairman Bill Mullins during CISD’s annual report to the Legislature. Members from both … Read More