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State Board considering using ACT as required high school assessment, drop current tests

The Kansas State Board of Education may vote as early as next month to make the ACT a required statewide test for all high school juniors, replacing the current Kansas-developed math, language arts and science tests at 10th grade.  Commissioner Randy Watson has been presenting the proposal to education groups around the state, including the Council of Superintendents meeting in September. He and State Board members are seeking comments from education leaders. Here are some key points about the concept.  What is being considered?  For accountability purposes, the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, like the previous No Child Left Behind Act, requires...

State education officials agree to push for free college credit in high school

Kansas public school and higher education leaders Thursday said they would ask the Legislature to approve funding that would allow students to take freshman English at no cost while still in high school and earn three hours of college credit.  The proposal would cost the state approximately $5 million and would be considered the first step toward the goal of offering students 15 hours of free college credit while in high school, officials said.  “This would be huge for our state if we could make this happen,” said Kansas Board of Regents Chairman Shane Bangerter.  The issue was discussed during a joint...

Kansas Board of Regents approves changes to qualified admissions

The Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday approved removing the class rank requirement from the criteria to enter a state university and replacing it with a grade point average (GPA) requirement.  Regents staff said GPA was a more reliable predictor of college readiness than class rank and the current system was confusing and hard to manage.  The move could allow thousands of more high school graduates to be admissible to state universities and affect the pre-college curriculum and graduation requirements at Kansas high schools.   For years, Emporia State, Fort Hays State, Kansas State, Pittsburg State and Wichita State required most entering freshmen...

KASB Legal/Policy Services providing training on student rights, civil rights

Starting today, the KASB Legal/Policy Services staff will be providing training on student rights and civil rights issues.  The events, which run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., are being held in Sublette today; Colby on Thursday; Greenbush on Tuesday and Topeka on Thur. Sept. 26.  The morning sessions will be spent on student rights and the afternoon sessions on handling Office of Civil Rights complaints involving Section 504 issues, including the processes to put in place a preempt to a complaint; how to handle the investigation if a complaint is made and what options exist for resolving an OCR complaint.  Here...

KASB inspirational keynote speaker Chad Foster perseveres over blindness

Despite a rare eye disease, Chad Foster always gave ‘150 percent” effort while growing up in Tennessee.   But that changed early in college when his eyesight completely failed.   “I was very bitter and disappointed in the way things were going,” said Foster, who will deliver the inspirational keynote address at the 2019 Annual KASB Conference on Dec. 8 in Wichita.  But that didn’t last long. Shortly after losing his sight, in the summer of 1998, Foster went to Leader Dogs for the Blind in Rochester Hills, Mich. where he spent nearly a month in the guide dog program.  While there, he met people...

New school safety bill to be heard this week in Congress

A Congressional committee will hold a hearing Wednesday on a new bill requiring the U.S. Secretary of Education to publish an annual report on school crime and safety that includes data on school shootings.   The House Education and Labor Committee will hear and possibly act on H.R. 4301, “The School Shooting Safety and Preparedness Act,” sponsored by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, Lucy McBath, D-Ga. and Jahana Hayes, D-Conn. Hayes is a former National Teacher of the Year; McBath lost a son to gun violence, and Gabbard is running for president of the United States. KASB will monitor the hearing.  The annual...

Kansas Board of Regents plan could affect high school requirements

The Kansas Board of Regents is scheduled to vote later Wednesday on a proposed change to the criteria for admission into a state university that could allow thousands of more high school graduates to be admissible and affect the pre-college curriculum and graduation requirements at Kansas high schools.  Currently, Emporia State, Fort Hays State, Kansas State, Pittsburg State and Wichita State require most entering freshmen to have a minimum ACT composite score of 21 or rank in the top third of their graduating class; and to complete a college prep curriculum of 16 specific units, which includes courses in English,...

The Census is important for Kansas schools

By Rob Gilligan  rgilligan@kasb.org  Every 10 years, the federal government through the efforts of the U.S. Census Bureau attempts to accurately count everyone living in the United States. This massive undertaking has taken place every decade since the first count held in 1790 and led by Thomas Jefferson. The information collected through the decennial census provides a wealth of knowledge and information, much of which is used by KASB in developing reports and information for our members.  While there are certainly countless applications of Census data in both academic and commercial research, there are four key functions of the Census that affect...

KASB Annual Conference keynote speaker Tim Hodges has studied schools big and small

Tim Hodges has studied the public school system from the perspective of a student in a one-room schoolhouse to consulting the largest districts in the country.  After years of research work with the Gallup polling firm, Hodges has reached a basic conclusion about what is most important in education. “At the end of the day, it comes down to the relationship between the teacher and the student,” Hodges said.  Hodges will bring that message as the keynote presenter during KASB’s 2019 Annual Conference in Wichita on Dec. 7. His talk will focus on public opinions on public education and addressing the...

Cast off computers from Kansas helping students in Guatemala

Retired Kansas educator Dan Neuenswander recently received an email like no other email he has ever received. It was from Jonathan Mellen, a businessman and founder of a foundation that is working to improve life for poor people in Guatemala. Neuenswander and his brother Bill have for the past couple of years donated their time and energy to getting computers to schools in Guatemala. Mellen wrote, “The principals and teachers came in November to thank us for the support to the schools for the year. They then informed that their normal dropout rate is 50 percent per year, but that this...

Governor’s Council on Education putting together recommendations

The Governor’s Council on Education on Thursday started putting together recommendations to better align the education and workforce needs of Kansas. The council, established by executive order by Gov. Laura Kelly, will meet again Oct. 24 before finalizing recommendations to the governor in December. The Universal Early Childhood subcommittee recommended establishing a statewide public-private partnership tasked with matching philanthropic and private funds with state and federal resources in order to support community-informed and identified approaches to meeting the needs of Kansas children. The committee also recommended reorganizing the Kansas Early Childhood Advisory Council to leverage future funding opportunities. This council would help...

School mental health program expanding

In its second year of existence, the school Mental Health Intervention Program is winning rave reviews from education leaders. The program started during the last year after the Legislature in 2018 approved $10 million for a one-year pilot program that went toward a limited number of school districts help treat the behavioral health needs of students. Nine districts benefited from the program in the first year. They were Wichita, Kansas City, Topeka, Garden City, Parsons, Abilene, Chapman, Herington and Solomon. Those districts partnered with their local Community Mental Health Centers to identify students in need and help families connect with services....