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Kansas Improves Their Data Reporting of Students in Foster Care

July 20, 2020

Data of students in foster care is expected to become much more transparent in the Sunflower State. Early this month, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly issued an executive order that established “an annual education report card for students in foster care.” The report card will track...

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Federal Grant Will Help Kansas Continue to Improve Early Childhood Education Statewide

May 12, 2020

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly and childhood leaders statewide announced this week “that an $8.9 million grant from the Administration for Children and Families has been awarded to continue efforts to strengthen the early childhood system” across the state. The funds are “provided through the Department...

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We Can All Agree on One Thing… Kansas’ ESSA Plan Does Not “Make the Grade”

January 8, 2018

The Collaborative, Bellwether Education Partners, and the U.S. Dept. of Education agree that Kansas’ ESSA plan is at best incomplete. While the state “set lofty goals for its public schools in the next dozen years,” the Trump Administration and “independent experts suggest the state’s plan...

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Seven More States Need Specifics

December 18, 2017

The Dept. of Education sent letters to Alabama, Alaska, Kansas, Montana, North Carolina, South Dakota, and Wyoming enumerating federal feedback on their ESSA plans.

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Civil Rights Advocates Raise Alarm about Kansas ESSA Plan

November 10, 2017

According to civil rights activists, Kansas’ ESSA plan “would fail to promote achievement for thousands of students the law was meant to protect.” State education officials disagree, claiming there are “good reasons” for their strategy, which they say is “designed to ensure that Kansas schools...

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New Changes in KS’ ESSA Plan

September 16, 2017

Under Kansas’ ESSA plan, “75 percent of all K-12 students will be expected to score in the Level 3 and 4 ranges on state English and mathematics annual state assessment tests by 2030, meaning they will be expected to achieve scores that show they’re on...

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KS Releases ESSA Plan for Public Review

July 31, 2017

Kansas Department of Education releases draft ESSA plan for public comment.

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Local Superintendent Discusses ESSA Implications

October 6, 2016

Topeka Superintendent Tiffany Anderson discussed the implications of ESSA during a webinar sponsored by the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Schott Foundation for Public Education. She argued that, “it’s now about preparing kids for college and not just taking a test. We’re about serving the whole kid. ESSA...

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Releases State ESSA Primers

May 16, 2016

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s primers include individual state by state accountability system fact sheets, which detail each state’s current accountability system, what could change under ESSA, and what to be asking state leaders. See details about your state here.

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