KASB's First in Education, the Kansas Way
Latest Research on Kansas Public School Achievement (pdf)
First in Education, the Kansas Way is a plan to make Kansas the leading state in our nation in preparing students for success in college and high-paying careers. The ‘way’ is through raising education standards, providing suitable school finance and strengthening local leadership combined with parent and public engagement. This gives Kansas students skills needed for good jobs, provides our state with the skilled and productive workforce to support a diverse economy and will sustain and improve the quality of life for all Kansans.
(KASB Board Leadership Workshop Aug. 7, 2013)
The key is education and First in Education, the Kansas Way is an improvement plan with three core principles: (1) raise education standards; (2) provide suitable funding; and (3) local leadership and decision-making.
Raise Standards for Success
This means implementing new, higher expectations through the ESEA (No Child Left Behind) flexibility waiver and new accreditation system under development by the Kansas State Board of Education. This includes higher “common core” standards for college and career-ready students; improving instruction by focusing teacher and administrator evaluation on student learning; school accountability for higher student achievement levels; and district accreditation based on test results and effective programs.
Finance for Success
Higher achieving states spend more per pupil than Kansas. Kansas schools also have more of the students who require additional resources for success because of their unique challenges. Achieving higher standards requires protecting current funding and providing for rising costs through targeted investments in student support, improved teaching and innovation.
Locally elected boards of education know best how to raise achievement in their community. First in Education, the Kansas Way returns more authority and responsibility to local school boards and minimizes dictates from the state or federal levels. This also means maintaining the state constitutional principles that have led to current levels of student achievement, and strengthening parent and public engagement at the local level.
For a full summary of KASB's First in Education, the Kansas Way plan, please click here