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State Board News February 2013


Board Votes to Approve QPA Advisory Council Recommendations

The State Board of Education voted to replace the Adequate Yearly Performance (AYP) achievement targets of Quality Performance Accreditation (QPA) with the four Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs) approved in the Kansas Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver. The State Board also granted all schools the status of “accredited” for the 2013-14 year.  There will be no improvement or conditional status for any building in Kansas in 2013-14.

2013 Kansas Teacher of the Year Team Recognized

All eight members of the KTOY team spoke to the State Board Tuesday morning about issues that are important to them as classroom teachers.  Members of the team are:

    *Dyane Smokorowski, Andover TA, 2013 Teacher of the Year

    *Ramie Allison, USD 261, Haysville

    *Sarah Berblinger, Buhler NEA

    *Sue Commons, USD 508, Baxter Springs

    *Judy Domke, Blue Valley NEA

    *Scott Keltner, Eudora NEA

    *Colleen Mitchell, Emporia NEA

    *Laura Moyers, USD 452, Leavenworth

Impact of HP 2289 — Prohibiting using the Common Core State Standards

This bill would force the Kansas State Department of Education to replace the recently adopted Math and English standards adopted in 2010 and cost the Kansas State Department of Education millions of dollars.  It would also jeopardize Kansas’ waiver under No Child left Behind. 

*$150,000-$200,000 to draw up new Math and English Standards

*Cost approximately $22.4 million to design new state assessments

*Prohibit the use of the Next Generation Science Standards

In other action, the State Board:

  *Held a Public Hearing on Emergency Safety Interventions Regulations, K.A.R. 91-41-1 and K.A.R. 91-42-2

  *Reviewed the out of state licensure process

  *Heard an update on the Next Generation Science Standards

  *Heard an update regarding public comments received on the History, Government and Social Studies Standards

  *Received an update on CTE/Senate Bill 155

   *Received a summary of the Governor’s Efficiency Task Force recommendations

   *Voted to approve the proposed Emergency Safety Interventions Regulations and directed staff to review the appeals process

    *Received information from the Bullying Prevention Advisory Council

                For more information and resources click here.

  *Approved requests for bond elections from

     -USD 352, Goodland

     -USD 367, Osawatomie

     -USD 388, Ellis

     -USD 411, Goessel

     -USD 504, Oswego

 *Approved 52 licensure waiver requests, 48 for special education, one for math, and three extending the number of days on an emergency substitute license.

March State Board Meeting

The next meeting of the State Board will be Tuesday, March 12, in Topeka. On March 13, the State Board will make their annual visits to the Kansas State School for the Blind, KCK, and the Kansas State School for the Deaf, Olathe.

March meeting agenda and materials should be available on the KSDE website by Monday, March 4.


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