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Scores from a new state assessment of Kansas students were released last week. Even though the tests are brand new, there could be changes in the coming years. The goal of the new, more rigorous exams is to better judge what students know and if they’re on track to succeed in college or a career.

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New state tests for Kansas students are garnering praise but also raising some concerns. Scores released this week show most Kansas 10th graders likely won’t be ready for college without some remedial coursework.

The Kansas Association of School Boards supports use of the new tests because they set higher goals for students than in the past. Mark Tallman, with the KASB, says not every student may want to go to college. For those kids who want to attend a university, this can help them determine if they’re on the right track.

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Kansas education officials will soon release scores from a new set of state tests. Those scores could come in lower than some people expect.

Marianne Perie, with the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation at the University of Kansas, which developed the new exams, says students are taking different tests and they need to get used to the process.

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June 27 is National HIV Testing Day and two sites in Wichita will be offering free screenings along with extra goodies for anyone who gets tested.

While free HIV screenings are available at various sites across the county any day, KU School of Medicine Wichita and Hunter Health Clinic will be offering a little extra incentive on National HIV Testing Day.