February 22, 2024

Keeping Media and Government Accountable.

Tag: ACT

Gov. Kelly, KASB gaslight parents with 2023 student achievement claims

Gaslight is a term used by some mental health practitioners to clinically describe a form of prolonged coercive control in…

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More false claims from SUBV on spending and achievement

The activists of Stand Up Blue Valley (SUBV) are working hard to protect the bureaucracy at students’ expense by pushing…

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Recommendations to improve achievement by changing adult behaviors

Testimony submitted this week to the Special Committee on Education crystalized three unfortunate realities: (1) student achievement is low and…

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KASB hits new low, trying to explain away achievement declines

A new flyer from the Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB) would be right at home as satire at The…

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Wichita superintendent Kelly Bielefeld covers up poor student achievement

USD 259 superintendent Kelly Bielefeld spoke to the Wichita Pachyderm Club recently, and like his predecessors, he went out of…

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KS Reflector columnist defends bureaucracy with false achievement claims

A guest columnist for the Kansas Reflector wants you to believe that the public school bureaucracy is producing high achievement,…

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KS education commissioner claims ‘proficient’ is a made-up term

Kansas education commissioner Randy Watson earlier this week told the State Board of Education that “proficient is a made-up term…

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KASB report is a modern-day Emperor’s New Clothes tale

In Hans Christian Andersen’s The Emperor’s New Clothes, two swindlers arrive at the capital city of an emperor who spends…

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K-12 officials: choice for the system, not for students

“Today we’ve have heard about ways to give kids more choice and what we have received back would be all…

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K-12 opposition to computer science underscores need for choice

The lineup of people testifying for and against a proposal to make completion of a computer science course a graduation…

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KSDE conceals low, declining student achievement

The Kansas Legislature’s Special Committee on Education held a hearing on student achievement this week, and the message from the…

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Having 21% of HS students college-ready isn’t “pretty darn good”

Leavenworth teacher Ginger Riddle’s recent Letter to the Editor described student achievement as being ‘pretty darn good,’ citing the 2020…

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KS Board of Ed: districts withhold services to get more money

A half-empty bus passes a Wichita elementary student each morning as he walks more than two miles to the same…

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2021 ACT scores fall as schools de-emphasize academics

The average 2021 ACT scores in Kansas declined for the fifth consecutive year, to 19.9, and the decline in college…

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Kansas tries to reduce standards to make achievement look better

The Kansas Department of Education dumbed down achievement standards about 20 years ago under No Child Left Behind, and now…

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KC Star: government institutions matter, not students

The Missouri Legislature put student needs first in passing the state’s first school choice program, and parents are thrilled.  People…

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