Common Core Standards

10:04 am
Thu February 20, 2014

House Committee Hears Testimony Over Bill That Would Ban Common Core Standards

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.

Supporters and opponents of Common Core filled the meeting room yesterday.

Witnesses had 90 seconds each to address the committee, which asked no questions and took no action on the bill.

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.

10:58 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Common Core Standards – Helpful or a Hindrance?

Stanley Elementary teacher Cathy Granell says Common Core Standards are benefiting her students.
Credit Sean Sandefur

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.



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.

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8:24 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Education Officials Seek To Dismiss Lawsuit Over Common Core Science Standards

Kansas education officials want to dismiss a federal lawsuit over new, multi-state science standards.

The group that filed the suit claims the guidelines promote atheism and violate students' religious freedoms.

Attorneys for the State Board of Education, its 10 members, the Department of Education, and Commissioner Diane DeBacker filed the request on Thursday.

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.

7:49 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Kansas BOE To Consider Proposal For New Standardized Tests

Kansas State Board of Education members are getting ready to consider a proposal to develop new standardized tests for public schools.

The state Department of Education will present the board the proposal Wednesday.

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.

Kansas is among 21 states involved in running the consortium, which is based in Washington state.

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1:54 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Kansas Students To Get New School Tests

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.

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.

8:00 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Kansas Education Official Responds To 'Misinformation'

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.

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.

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5:44 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

GOP Committee Opposes New Education Standards

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.

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Common Core Standards
6:10 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Kansas School Officials Look To Address Data Concerns

Kansas education officials are seeking to calm concerns about the student data that is being collected as the state switches to new education standards.

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Education Standards
4:09 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Common Core Opponents Criticize Testing

Common Core educational standards were once again a topic at Tuesday's meeting of the Kansas State Board of Education.

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5:26 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Educators Speak In Favor Of Common Core

Teachers and school district superintendents lined up before the Kansas Board of Education Tuesday to support Common Core education standards.

They argued the standards will help students transfer more easily between schools and create students who are better at critical thinking and problem solving.

Sarah Berblinger is a teacher in the Buhler School District. She said the standards also help build a strong foundation for education.

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