Why does this matter?
The challenge comes in first making all the right connections, then making all the pieces fit together. Before the state can decide how much money is needed to reach the Rose Capacities, there must be agreement on what the standards mean and how to assess whether or not students are meeting them.
KASB held a conference in August 2014 attended by close to 80 education and policy representatives to begin that process. Find a report summarizing the results of that meeting online at www.kasb.org/RoseStandards
Locally elected boards of education, professional educators and communities should guide this discussion. In January, when the 2015 Legislative Session convenes, school funding will again be on the agenda. The education community should be ready with recommendations for state policies that need changed or added and what resources are needed, both now and in the future.