Changes in Kansas Education, Part One

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Education in Kansas has seen a variety of changes, formats, and emphasis since the days when the 3 Rs were enough for success in life.  Reading, 'riting, and 'rithmetic alone cannot prepare our children for success in times of mobile and transient populations, constant change, and global competition.
Dr. Jackie Glasgow, USD 353 Assistant Superintendent, is a member of the Kansas Advisory Council developing criteria for Kansas Board of Education strategic planning.  Glasgow represents the area of Special Edcuation.   Kansas School Board, Higher Education, School Board Association, Service Centers, teachers, principals, and Kansas Department of Education are also represented.
Quality plus Performance  = Accreditation (QPA) has been the Kansas standard for education since the early 90s with reading and math being emphasized.  Interventions leading to performance achievements were included.  A multitude of graphs and charts were used to depict results.
"Although we are pleased with those results, we (education) were too focused on outcomes such as students passing tests and making AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress.)  However, those tests did not cover everything.  Problem solving and creative thinking were not included," stated Glasgow. 
"We lost sight of the child with No Child Left Behind.  We need to be preparing our children with 21st century skills for what will be out there for them in the future and to compete globally. We don't even know what that will be."

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