Published Online: January 3, 2006

Kansas's State Highlights

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Vital Statistics
Public schools 1,410
Public school teachers 32,589
Pre-K-12 students 470,490
Annual pre-K-12 expenditures $3.5 billion
Minority students 23.2%
Children in poverty 12%
Students with disabilities 13.8%
English-language learners 4.8%

Summary of Grades

Kansas scores above the national average on three of the four major areas of state policy graded in Quality Counts.

The state performs below the national average in standards and accountability, largely because it does not have assessments aligned to state standards at any grade span in science or social studies. Kansas also relies on multiple-choice test items to measure student performance. Its assessments do not include short-answer or extended-response items.

Kansas fares better in teacher quality, ranking among the higher performing states in this category. In particular, the state receives full credit for measures related to accountability for teacher quality. The state includes teacher-qualification data on school report cards and also has a policy that limits out-of-field teaching.

The state also performs relatively well in the school climate category. Kansas receives high marks on indicators of parent involvement and school size. The state also generally does well on measures of school safety, although it loses points for not having laws or programs related to school bullying.

In resource equity, Kansas scores just above the average state. Its score on the wealth-neutrality measure indicates that poorer districts in the state tend to have higher per-pupil funding levels than do wealthier districts. Kansas is one of only 10 states in which this pattern is found.

State Policy Report Card
Kansas Avg. State Score
Standards and accountability C B-
Efforts to improve teacher quality B+ C+
School climate B- C+
Resource equity C+ C
Overall Grade B- C+
Quality Counts Grading Breakdown
Standards and accountability Points awardedPoints possible
Standards 37.92 40
Assessment 11.59 30
School accountability 24 30
74 100
Efforts to improve teacher quality Points awardedPoints possible
Teacher education and qualifications 30.28 35
Teacher assessment 27.3 30
Professional support and training 14.55 20
Accountability for teacher quality 14.55 15
87 100
School climate Points awardedPoints possible
Engagement 12 15
School safety 17.58 20
Parent involvement 13.05 15
Choice and autonomy 14 20
Class size 8.33 10
School size 9.5 10
School facilities 7.5 10
82 100
Resource equity Points awardedPoints possible
Wealth-neutrality score 33.33 33.3
McLoone Index 21.67 33.3
Coefficient of variation 22.67 33.3
78 100
Note: Details may not sum to totals due to rounding.

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