Archive for Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Statehouse Live: Kansas may again seek No Child Left Behind waiver

August 9, 2011, 10:58 a.m. Updated August 9, 2011, 5:49 p.m.


— Kansas may apply again for a waiver to increased student performance requirements under the federal No Child Left Behind law, officials said Tuesday.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Education had rejected a waiver sought by Kansas, saying the best way to assist states was through timely re-authorization in Congress of federal education reforms.

But Congress hasn’t moved on a rewrite of the law, so U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has said that President Barack Obama has authorized him to grant waivers to states.

State Education Commissioner Diane DeBacker said Kansas was well-positioned to receive a waiver.

“We think we’re in very good shape,” DeBacker said.

The federal government has said for states to get waivers, the states must have a set of reforms that Kansas has already put in place, she said. Those include improved education standards and better ways of tracking academic growth.

Critics of No Child Left Behind says it includes unrealistic benchmarks for student performance and unfairly brands schools as failures even if they are making progress but falling below what is called adequate yearly progress or AYP.

Under the law as it is now, every student must be 100 percent proficient in math and reading by 2014.

State Board of Education Chairman David Dennis, a Republican from Wichita, said AYP wasn’t fair. He said a high school in Wichita was making great strides in improving reading and math scores but because a small subgroup was struggling, the entire school was labeled as having failed AYP.

“Does that make any sense whatsoever?” he asked.


ShePrecedes 6 years, 9 months ago

Good, I think this is a good move. Let's take the pressure off teachers so that they can go back to having some job satisfaction from what they are doing.

If I parent thinks that they child is not progressing the way they want them to, hire a private tutor. There are a mass of unemployed people out there that would be more than willing to take on a tutoring position.

George_Braziller 6 years, 9 months ago

My sister-in-law is a science teacher in KC and considering quitting because she can't really teach what they kids need to know. She has to "teach for the test" so all of them pass. They may get out of the class but didn't learn a thing. They were however able to recite the pre-packaged answers.

George_Braziller 6 years, 9 months ago

For a science fair last year the students had to write a proposal for their project. One girl had the brilliant idea that hers was going to be the effect of the human voice on cooked rice. There would be three jars of cooked rice. One would be the control and receive no attention, one would be screamed at every day, and the third would receive loving attention.

The girl thought there would be a response.

Well, there was. Kate about crapped her pants .

This was technically an "A" student who had come into her class but didn't realize that cooked rice couldn't respond because it wasn't alive.

Kate told her to try again on her science fair project proposal.

ashford 6 years, 9 months ago

I absolutely disagree. Teachers are paid to teach. Like every profession, your objective is to make all your products (learning skills of students) to represent your skills and expertise. You don't want to have mediocre students when it is your job to teach them and make sure they learn. That makes you a teacher. In human order of things, more attention is given to that or those that are lacking in order to bring them to order or into the fold. That’s human natural tendency. Human beings don’t go correcting what doesn’t need to be corrected. Shepherd doesn’t go looking for sheep that are not lost but the one that is lost.

If you are suggesting that the parent should hire private teacher, then what is the need of the teacher who failed to teach the students well. To hire an unemployed private teacher to teach children, why is it that she / he is unemployed when the one who could not teach children is still employed? Many teachers go to school to show their presence and get a pay check, and that's all. Every parent cannot afford private teacher. Teachers shouldn’t be window display which is why they are called teachers. You are a teacher when you can’t teach. To be a teacher, you to have the skills to teach, which are diverse because students have different ways of learning, and as a teacher, you have to find that out to help the student learn.

This is the mentality of Republicans who never like to solve problems for the masses but to create problems and crisis for the privileged to exploit, and then get richer on the suffering of the disadvantaged.

Paul R Getto 6 years, 9 months ago

NCLB was well-intended but based on lies GW Bush and Former Sec Paige concocted about the Houston "miracle." There are good school improvement models, and public schools should be pressured to improve and to serve all students' needs. NCLB is not the way to do it, however.

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