Kansas Board of Education http://kmuw.org en Kansas Board Of Education Votes Not To Release Test Scores http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-board-education-votes-not-release-test-scores <p>The Kansas State Board of Education has voted not to release scores from a new standardized test. The computerized math and reading test for public school students was plagued with problems. As Stephen Koranda reports, glitches and cyberattacks disrupted testing for many students, so the results may not be valid.</p><p></p><p>The test was developed by the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation at the University of Kansas, known as CETE. Board member John Bacon, from Olathe, says taxpayers need to know they’re getting their money’s worth.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:44:43 +0000 Stephen Koranda 37186 at http://kmuw.org Amid Testing Problems, KBOE Debates Release Of State Assessment Scores http://kmuw.org/post/amid-testing-problems-kboe-debates-release-state-assessment-scores <p>Kansas State Board of Education members face a decision about how much data to release from statewide math and reading tests after public schools faced problems administering the exams.</p><p>The board’s discussion today is a response to cyberattacks and glitches in the computerized testing system earlier this year.</p><p>The Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation at the University of Kansas told the board last month that it should not release data for individual schools and districts. The biggest problems occurred with testing from March 10 to April 10.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 17:24:20 +0000 Associated Press 37121 at http://kmuw.org Kansas BOE Want To Continue Studying 'Innovative Districts' Plan http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-boe-want-continue-studying-innovative-districts-plan <p>The Kansas State Board of Education will continue studying a plan to exempt two school districts from many state regulations.</p><p>The idea is that exempting schools from regulations may give them more flexibility and lead to better student outcomes.</p><p>The McPherson and Concordia districts are the first two seeking approval to become so-called “innovative districts.”</p><p></p><p>The board decided to form a study committee to meet with officials from the districts and look into some issues raised by board members.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 17:58:25 +0000 Stephen Koranda 34433 at http://kmuw.org Kansas State Board Of Education Reconsidering How Teachers Are Licensed http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-state-board-education-reconsidering-how-teachers-are-licensed <p>The Kansas State Board of Education is thinking about changing how teachers are licensed.</p><p>Board members have wanted to review the licensing process for years, and the increased scarcity of technical and career education teachers sped up the process.</p><p>The Kansas Department of Education is proposing board members change the regulations to allow for the issuance of a three-year, renewable part-time teaching permit for people with industry-recognized certification or other experience in specialized industries.</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 16:08:13 +0000 Associated Press 30359 at http://kmuw.org State Board of Education Considering Testing Options http://kmuw.org/post/state-board-education-considering-testing-options <p>The Kansas State Board of Education is being urged by its analysts to allow more achievement testing options for the state's high school students. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 22:33:12 +0000 Stephen Koranda 26261 at http://kmuw.org Kansas BOE To Consider Proposal For New Standardized Tests http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-boe-consider-proposal-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 http://kmuw.org Kansas Students To Get New School Tests http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-students-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 http://kmuw.org Kan. Board, Lawmakers Meet For Talk On Schools http://kmuw.org/post/kan-board-lawmakers-meet-talk-schools <p>Kansas legislators and the State Board of Education met Wednesday to discuss the status of public education, and to find common ground.<br /><br />The Statehouse meeting included the 10-member state board and members of the House and Senate education committees.<br /><br />Most of the discussion focused on how Kansas can spend education dollars more efficiently while also boosting student achievement.<br /><br />Kansas spends more than $3 billion dollars annually on K-12 education.<br /> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 11:24:07 +0000 Associated Press 24976 at http://kmuw.org School Snack Rules Under Review http://kmuw.org/post/school-snack-rules-under-review <p>The Kansas Board of Education reviewed new federal rules Tuesday on food sales in schools slated to take effect next year.</p><p>The healthy snack requirements govern the kinds of food items that can be sold to students during the school day. Kansas already has requirements in place that in many cases meet or exceed the new federal rules.</p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 12:40:10 +0000 Stephen Koranda 24925 at http://kmuw.org State Officials Back New Science Standards Despite Lawsuit http://kmuw.org/post/state-officials-back-new-science-standards-despite-lawsuit <p>Kansas education officials are committed to using new science standards in public schools, despite a federal lawsuit attempting to block them.</p><p>The State Board of Education and the State Department of Education are defending the multistate standards, which the board adopted in June after two years of consideration.</p><p>Parents and a non-profit group filed a lawsuit last week, criticizing the way the standards treat evolution.</p><p>The guidelines say that evolution is a well-established scientific theory.</p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 12:34:59 +0000 Associated Press 24149 at http://kmuw.org