State Board to review new success metric

The Kansas State Board of Education will meet on Tuesday and Wednesday in Topeka for its regular monthly meeting.

The board’s agenda for Wednesday calls for information and discussion on the Kansans Can vision outcome of postsecondary completion/attendance. By the time the incoming class of high school sophomores graduates high school, more than 70 percent of jobs in Kansas will require some kind of postsecondary completion.

KSDE will release a new postsecondary success metric that demonstrates how Kansas school districts are preparing their students to succeed in the two years after high school graduation. The department calculated that progress using National Clearinghouse Data and has adjusted for risk factors such as poverty, the percentage of students with disabilities and other indicators to determine whether districts are out-performing or under-performing in student preparation for life after high school. School districts have already received the data and have been examining it.

The data shows that of the high school graduating class of 2010, only 39.3 percent had completed a postsecondary program six years later. When factoring in the 16 percent who did not graduate high school, the percentage of young people in Kansas prepared for the modern workforce sinks even lower.

In other business, the SBOE will receive Kansas curricular standards for mathematics, get an update on the Transition to College Algebra pilot program and receive a recommendation from the Coalition of Innovative School Districts for a specialized certificate for USD 364 Marysville.

The board’s full agenda can be viewed here.



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