April 14, 2024

A U-Turn in How to Determine Student Progress


Dodge City, KS (westernkansasnews.com) The monthly meeting of the State Board of Education didn’t end without controversy. The Board ended administration of third through eighth grade assessment tests by the multi-state consortium Smarter Balanced and gave it to the University of Kansas. Board Vice President Sally Cauble of Dodge City has some concerns.

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The board approved this action 8-2, but the change over may come with a pitfall. 

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Cauble says the state is already on thin ice because the federal government want teacher
evaluations tied only to student proficiency scores. Kansas uses several other criteria in addition to those numbers.

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