State Board of Education will receive report on how continuous learning is working

The State Board of Education on Tuesday will receive an update on Kansas’ continuous learning plans that went into effect after schools were shut down.

The State Board meeting will be conducted through interactive communication because of mass gathering restrictions. The public may listen to and observe the meeting through live streaming at this link. Here is a link to the State Board’s agenda and backup materials.

Kansas K-12 schools were shut down March 17 through an executive order by Gov. Laura Kelly. Kelly also ordered the Kansas State Department of Education to formulate guidance for school districts to put in place continuous learning plans for the state’s half million students.

These plans — many of which were launched within a week of school closures — include online instruction and paper lesson packets.

After the State Board approved the plans last month, Board Chairwoman Kathy Busch said she wanted to hear how schools were monitoring student progress, helping seniors graduate and what lessons officials learned on what worked and what didn’t.

KSDE officials have surveyed public and private school districts, asking them how the plans were going, what changes have been made since implementation, how students are engaged in learning, what families think about the plans and how many meals are being served.

In other business, the Board will:

— Consider accepting a strategic plan to improve early childhood care and education. Called the “All in for Kansas Kids Strategic Plan,” the blueprint was formulated after meetings across Kansas last year and with input from more than 6,000 Kansans. The plan is available at this link. The Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund will provide oversight for early childhood systems building, including implementation of this strategic plan.

— Receive a report from the Teacher Vacancy and Supply Committee and consider whether to extend the High Incidence Special Education Limited Apprentice pilot by allowing a new cohort to start through the program summer semester of 2020.

— Receive recommendations to approve the accreditation of Wichita USD 259, Solomon USD 393, Eudora USD 491 and the School for the Deaf.

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