Student Issues

State Board working on Kansans Can, teacher retention

The Kansas State Board of Education will be working on its Kansans Can goals, teacher shortages and many other topics during its monthly meeting Tuesday and Wednesday. Here is a link to the board’s agenda and backup materials. The board will: Receive an update from the Early Childhood team to support kindergarten readiness, which is one of the five areas of focus under the State Board’s Kansans Can initiative of helping every student become successful. Discuss a proposed marketing campaign for teacher recruitment and retention. A state task force has reported that the number of teacher education majors and teaching...

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Take Action Now: Obamacare Repeal would hurt students with disabilities; NSBA urges ‘No’ vote

The National School Boards Association is urging education advocates to call their U.S. House members and urge them to vote against repealing the Affordable Care Act, a vote which may come up as early as Wednesday. The following news release was issued by NSBA: ACT NOW: OBAMACARE REPEAL CUTS MEDICAID FUNDING FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS This Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives will be moving forward to consider legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare." After a month of negotiations and changes to the original bill filed in March, House members plan to vote on the American Health Care...

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Looking at the data — Poverty and the Kansas assessments

The Impact of Poverty and School Size on the 2015‐16 Kansas State Assessment Results This report presents the results of a statistical analysis to determine the extent to which a school’s enrollment size and the percent of students eligible for free or reduced‐price lunch predict student performance on the 2015‐16 Kansas State Assessments. – March 2017

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Trauma workshop offers strategies

Dr. Marcia Weseman on Tuesday presented “Trauma Smart: The Journey to Become a Trauma-Informed School Community,” to a capacity audience of school social workers, teachers, superintendents and other school leaders at KASB. The day-long workshop offered strategies to help teachers and others understand the impact of trauma on children and how to help those children recover and become successful. Weseman has more than 30 years experience as a teacher, principal and district administrator. Trauma is any event that places overwhelming demands on the body’s psychological systems, resulting in a profound sense of helplessness and lack of control. Children who’ve experienced trauma...

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Tom Brady and the false expectation of test scores

KASB Executive Director John Heim's most recent blog uses the NFL Draft as an analogy to explain why the State Board of Education is right to ask us to judge kids on their accomplishments rather than their test scores. Education Commissioner Randy Watson last week briefed school superintendents on statewide data that measures Kansas high-schoolers' status at two years post-graduation, rather than depending only on test scores, to indicate student success. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Heim notes, was almost laughed out of the 2000 NFL draft because of his skill-test results. "The Patriots wasted the 199th pick on him...

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KASB offers summary and seminar on Supreme Court special education decision

A recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court could have a significant impact on how school districts develop services for special education students, according to the KASB legal department. KASB attorneys have prepared a summary of the Endrew F. decision released last month, and will hold a special seminar on the  implications of that case for school leaders and special education staff on Monday, May 8 at the KASB office in Topeka. In the decision, the U.S. Supreme Court found that the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals (which includes Kansas) had not been applying the appropriate standard to determine whether a...

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Trauma workshop set for Tuesday

KASB will host a workshop Tuesday to help educators understand the needs of students who have experienced trauma. The workshop will be led by Dr. Marcia Weseman, who is a trainer for the Trauma Smart Program at Crittenton Children’s Center, which is part of the St. Luke’s Health System. Weseman has more than 30 years of experience as a teacher, principal and district administrator. “Trauma Smart: The Journey to Become a Trauma-Informed School Community,” will be a day-long workshop that help schools help children cope and recover from traumatic experiences and become successful students. To register online go to www.kasb.org and click on...

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State Board moves forward with kindergarten readiness tool

The State Board of Education on Wednesday approved moving forward with a statewide measurement tool to collect data on students entering kindergarten. Under the proposal, school districts would ask parents or caregivers to fill out a brief questionnaire about their student as the student is about to enter kindergarten. The questionnaire will be used by teachers to see where the child is developmentally and determine if there are any additional supports that should be used. The questionnaire touches on communication, problem-solving and social and emotional skills. The board approved, 7-1, a recommendation from the Kansas State Department of Education’s Kindergarten Readiness Workgroup, which had...

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Report has Kansas education at 14th, government 48th

Good thing Kansas has a solid education system. Otherwise the state would have ranked much lower in the U.S. News & World Report ranking of the states. Overall, Kansas ranked 28th. Among all states, Kansas received its highest mark in education at 14th and infrastructure at 15th. Kansas’ lowest rankings were in government, 48th, and the economy, 43rd. Kansas also ranked 22nd in opportunity, 23rd in health care, 32nd in crime. Who was No. 1? Massachusetts. Why? The report stated: “Health care and education are public priorities, and Massachusetts is succeeding at both.” The magazine used 60 measurements under the categories of health care, education, crime and corrections, infrastructure,...

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