Common Core Standards en House Committee Hears Testimony Over Bill That Would Ban Common Core Standards <p>The Kansas House Education Committee heard testimony on a bill that would bar using Common Core academic standards for reading and math in public schools.</p><p>Supporters and opponents of Common Core filled the meeting room yesterday.</p><p>Witnesses had 90 seconds each to address the committee, which asked no questions and took no action on the bill.</p><p>The bill would reverse the state Board of Education's adoption of the standards in 2010. It would also create an advisory group to develop new guidelines for math and reading.</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 16:04:12 +0000 Associated Press 30502 at Common Core Standards – Helpful or a Hindrance? <p>The Kansas Legislature is scheduled to hear a bill today (Feb. 19, 2014) that seeks to repeal Common Core academic standards throughout the state. The standards have become quite a divisive issue.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Cathy Granell has been a teacher for 18 years and has been at Stanley Elementary for four. She says that the adoption of the Common Core standards forced her to change her approach to lesson planning.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:58:00 +0000 Sean Sandefur 30433 at Common Core Standards – Helpful or a Hindrance? Education Officials Seek To Dismiss Lawsuit Over Common Core Science Standards <p>Kansas education officials want to dismiss a federal lawsuit over new, multi-state science standards.</p><p>The group that filed the suit claims the guidelines promote atheism and violate students' religious freedoms.</p><p>Attorneys for the State Board of Education, its 10 members, the Department of Education, and Commissioner Diane DeBacker filed the request on Thursday.</p><p>They argued that Citizens for Objective Public Education and the 15 parents who joined it in the suit can't show they were harmed by the standards, which were adopted in June.</p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 14:24:05 +0000 Associated Press 27253 at Kansas BOE To Consider Proposal For New Standardized Tests <p>Kansas State Board of Education members are getting ready to consider a proposal to develop new standardized tests for public schools.</p><p>The state Department of Education will present the board the proposal Wednesday.</p><p>Commissioner Diane DeBacker says the department wants the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium to develop math, reading and language arts tests to be given first in spring 2015.</p><p>Kansas is among 21 states involved in running the consortium, which is based in Washington state.</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 13:49:12 +0000 Associated Press 26226 at Kansas Students To Get New School Tests <p>Education officials say new math and English testing that will be recommended next month to the Kansas State Board of Education will be aligned with new curriculum standards and give more flexibility to student testing.<br /><br />The changes were outlined during a meeting Wednesday in Topeka. Education commissioner Diane DeBacker will recommend that the board approve using the Smarter Balance tests in grades three through eight. She says high schools will have flexibility in what type of assessment they use.<br /> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 18:54:11 +0000 Associated Press 25638 at Kansas Education Official Responds To 'Misinformation' <p>State Education Commissioner Diane DeBacker says she's sending a "friendly" letter to the state Republican Party this week to correct what she and other education leaders say is misinformation about Common Core standards for reading and math.<br><br>DeBacker's letter is in response to a resolution adopted by the Kansas GOP state committee last weekend, calling for the state to withdraw from Common Core.<br> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 13:00:44 +0000 Associated Press 23727 at GOP Committee Opposes New Education Standards <p></p><p>The Kansas Republican Party's central committee is taking a stand against new standards approved by the state Board of Education for teaching math, English and science. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 22:44:30 +0000 Associated Press 23530 at Kansas School Officials Look To Address Data Concerns <p></p><p>Kansas education officials are seeking to calm concerns about the student data that is being collected as the state switches to new education standards. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 23:10:45 +0000 Associated Press 21956 at Common Core Opponents Criticize Testing <p>Common Core educational standards were once again a topic at Tuesday's meeting of the Kansas State Board of Education. Tue, 09 Jul 2013 21:09:52 +0000 Stephen Koranda 20104 at Educators Speak In Favor Of Common Core <p>Teachers and school district superintendents lined up before the Kansas Board of Education Tuesday to support Common Core education standards.</p><p>They argued the standards will help students transfer more easily between schools and create students who are better at critical thinking and problem solving.</p><p>Sarah Berblinger is a teacher in the Buhler School District. She said the standards also help build a strong foundation for education.</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 22:26:16 +0000 Stephen Koranda 18708 at