Common Core in Kansas:
Kansas College and Career Ready Standards

Though two legislative efforts to stop the Common Core in Kansas have looked promising, one was narrowly defeated and the other tabled. Nevertheless, a lawsuit pending in Kansas challenges Kansas’ efforts to implement the Next Generation Science Standards as allegedly violative of the First Amendment.


Common Core Implementation Status

1. Teacher Professional Development
2. Curriculum Guides
or Instructional Materials
3. Teacher Evaluation
Systems

New Curriculum

State designs frameworks

State provides frameworks

State designs guides

State provides guides

Local districts only

Kansas has emphasized the implementation of the Common Core in career and technical education as well as traditional secondary education.


New Assessments

PARCC member

SBAC member

ACT Aspire

Developing own CC-aligned assessments


New Expenditures

New expenditures required to implement the Common Core

Current annual education expenditures

Race to the Top Phase 2 award

(State is not a Race to the Top recipient.)


Education Database Status

P-20 development required by state law

State is capable of having a P-20 database

State has access to homeschool students’ data

Kansas has collected student-level data since 2005, but does not collect data on students’ political or religious convictions, family income level, or sexual behavior and activity.


Potential Impacts on Homeschooling

State currently requires homeschoolers to take state-prescribed tests and report their scores

Homeschoolers must file notice of intent to homeschool

Kansas requires homeschool families to file an intent to homeschool, but this as done as a “private school.” Therefore, no personal information about students can be obtained through this process.



Common Core Legislation


HB 2391 would have prohibited the Kansas Board of Education from spending money to implement the Common Core. It passed the Senate and was defeated by a mere three votes in the House. A nearly identical bill, HB 2289, was also introduced during the 2013 legislative session. Even though it had wide support, it failed to pass before the end of the session on July 1, 2013. The bill would have prevented the Kansas State Board of Education from spending anything to implement the Common Core State Standards.

Status
Failed

HB 2621 enacts measures to protect data privacy and nullifies current data release standards adopted by the Kansas Board of Education.

Status
Pending


Local Action Groups

Advocates and Opponents in Kansas

Senator Pilcher-Cook
Opposes CC

Representative Rothlisberger
Opposes CC

Senator Hensley
Supports CC
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Updated: 6/2/2014