Kansas State Board of Education reviews testing academic performance outcomes for Kansas students

TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas State Board of Education reviewed on Tuesday a series of academic performance outcomes for Kansas students measured from a variety of assessments, according to a news release from the Kansas Department of Education.

The assessments the board reviewed included the ACT, SAT, National Assessment of Educational Progress and the Kansas College and Career Ready Academic Assessment.

The department said in a news release nearly 30 percent of students who pursue post-secondary education still require remedial coursework upon entrance. The news release also stated Kansas has increased the percentage of high school graduates meeting all four ACT college readiness benchmarks by five percent since 2011.

Kansas College and Career Ready Academic Assessment results

According to the news release, this year is the first time Kansas students were assessed in English language arts and mathematics using the Kansas College and Career Ready Academic Assessment. Unlike previous assessments, this new computer assessment employs technology-enhanced items that require a student to do more than answer a multiple-choice question, the department said in a news release.

The Kansas State Department of Education provided the following graphics to further illustrate the assessment results. 

"Student performance was scored using four levels. Level 1 indicates that a student is not performing at grade level standards, and additional supports are needed. Level 2 indicates that the student is doing grade-level work as defined by the standards but not at the depth or level of rigor to be considered on-track for college readiness. Level 3 indicates that the student is performing at academic expectations for that grade level and is on track to being college ready. Level 4 indicates that the student is performing above expectations for that grade level and is on track to being college ready."

Graphic explainer

Kansas results from the Department of Education: English language arts

An average of 79.8 percent of all students tested met or exceeded grade-level academic expectations.

An average of 41.9 percent of all students tested met or exceeded grade-level academic expectations for college readiness.

Kansas students English language arts

Kansas results from the Department of Education: Mathematics

An average of 77.9 percent of all students tested met or exceeded grade-level academic expectations.

An average of 34 percent of all students tested met or exceeded grade-level academic expectations for college readiness.

Kansas students Mathematics

 

The State Department of Education said in a news release schools will be sending out parent letters in late October detailing individual student results. The Building Report Card, which reports district and building-level results, will be published on the Kansas State Department of Education's website Dec. 8. 

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