The Kansas City Public School Board Report, June 12, 2013

The admin­is­tra­tion pre­sent­ed a great deal of data regard­ing grad­u­a­tion rates of stu­dents at the district’s sev­en high schools.  While the infor­ma­tion was impres­sive, it was not par­tic­u­lar­ly rel­e­vant because it rep­re­sent­ed only those stu­dents who began the 12th year at the school and sub­se­quent­ly grad­u­at­ed that year.  The admin­is­tra­tion admit­ted that the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) looks at much more detailed data when deter­min­ing points award­ed toward accred­i­ta­tion.  Unfortunately, the Board seemed sat­is­fied with the pre­sen­ta­tion rather than request­ing the admin­is­tra­tion to present scores on col­lege admis­sion tests (ACT or SAT) which would demon­strate the effec­tive­ness of the edu­ca­tion­al expe­ri­ence rather than just who received a diplo­ma. Graduating at grade lev­el with the abil­i­ty to score at least at state aver­age lev­els on stan­dard­ized col­lege admis­sion tests is a far bet­ter mea­sure of suc­cess.

The Kansas City Public Schools Board Report, June 26, 2013

Starting 45 min­utes late, the board spent the major­i­ty of the meet­ing time debat­ing the lan­guage in an amend­ment to Board Policy #1.0, Administrative and Governance Ends. The process of amend­ing this pol­i­cy began last fall, and while parts of the amend­ment were approved, Board President West still had issues with two sec­tions and request­ed they be revis­it­ed at a future meet­ing.  It is dis­ap­point­ing that the board can­not seem to agree on basic achieve­ment lev­els for its stu­dents.  Members of Do The Right Thing for Kids are frus­trat­ed that the board seems unwill­ing to state that stu­dents should grad­u­ate at grade lev­el. Graduating on time with options for a suc­cess­ful future is set­ting a rather low bar for a dis­trict claim­ing to be head­ed toward world class.

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