Education http://kcur.org en Kansas, Missouri ACT Scores Up Slightly, But Not All Graduates Ready For College http://kcur.org/post/kansas-missouri-act-scores-slightly-not-all-graduates-ready-college <p>Kansas students' scores on the ACT edged up slightly this year, with the statewide average outpacing scores nationally by about a point.</p><p>Missouri ACT scores also went up in 2014.</p><p>B<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ut even though the number of high school graduates who are ready for college has increased in recent years, less than a third of students in either state reached</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;college benchmarks in the four subjects measured by the test.</span></p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:51:27 +0000 Elle Moxley 60836 at http://kcur.org School Districts Arming Teachers In Rural Missouri http://kcur.org/post/school-districts-arming-teachers-rural-missouri <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the school year begins we're hearing a lot about accreditation, Common Core and teacher tenure. All important, but the issue that may worry educators the most is security.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">School officials spend a lot of time thinking about it and a huge amount of money trying to improve it.</span></p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:57:16 +0000 Sam Zeff 60772 at http://kcur.org School Districts Arming Teachers In Rural Missouri Looking Back, Looking Forward As School Days In Kansas City Begin http://kcur.org/post/looking-back-looking-forward-school-days-kansas-city-begin <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Many of the schools in the Kansas City metro area began this week.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As we look around and see students toting backpacks and boarding school busses, we take a look at what's&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">universal about this "back-to-school" time of year with this audio postcard.</span></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:31:25 +0000 Laura Ziegler 60550 at http://kcur.org Looking Back, Looking Forward As School Days In Kansas City Begin As KCPS Courts New Students, Others May Get Lost In The Shuffle http://kcur.org/post/kcps-courts-new-students-others-may-get-lost-shuffle <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For years, district schools, charter schools and private schools have all competed for students in Kansas City, Mo.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This fragmented education system is a result of years of mistrust between district residents and the struggling Kansas City Public Schools. </span></p> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:36:02 +0000 Elle Moxley 60497 at http://kcur.org As KCPS Courts New Students, Others May Get Lost In The Shuffle Here's A Sneak Peek At The New Common Core Test Kansas Is Designing http://kcur.org/post/heres-sneak-peek-new-common-core-test-kansas-designing <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This spring Kansas students will take a new standardized test aligned to the nationally crafted Common Core standards. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The test is for Kansas children only&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">–&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">last year state education officials dropped a plan to use the same test as 20 other states. Instead, Kansas is using a</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;new exam, in development now at the University of Kansas.</span></p> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 12:44:07 +0000 Elle Moxley 60439 at http://kcur.org Here's A Sneak Peek At The New Common Core Test Kansas Is Designing Teachers Remain Committed To Common Core Even As Missouri Reviews Standards http://kcur.org/post/teachers-remain-committed-common-core-even-missouri-reviews-standards <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week, as most metro-area students head back to class, there's a fair amount of uncertainty for Missouri teachers who aren't sure what changes, if any, are coming to the Common Core academic standards they've been using for the past four years.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Elected officials have until October to name their picks for committees to review the state's academic standards. And depending on those committees' feedback, Missouri could have all-new standards in two years.</span></p> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 12:53:17 +0000 Elle Moxley 60365 at http://kcur.org Teachers Remain Committed To Common Core Even As Missouri Reviews Standards Identifying And Teaching 'English Language Learners' http://kcur.org/post/identifying-and-teaching-english-language-learners <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In many school districts, immigrant students with low English comprehension aren't always immediately identified as needing ESL (English as a Second Language) courses when they enroll. A new proposal in Kansas City, Missouri would help identify these students earlier so they have access to the assistance they need. We</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;look at this program as well as the latest trends in ESL education.&nbsp;</span></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Guests:</span></strong></p> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 02:57:52 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Christina Lieffring 60373 at http://kcur.org Hale Cook Elementary Reopens As Kansas City Kids Head Back To Class http://kcur.org/post/hale-cook-elementary-reopens-kansas-city-kids-head-back-class-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Children all over the metro are going back to school this week&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">– Monday</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;was the first day of school in the Kansas City Public School District.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 23:04:05 +0000 Sam Zeff 60377 at http://kcur.org Kansas City's Lean Lab Looks To Entrepreneurs To Improve Education http://kcur.org/post/kansas-citys-lean-lab-looks-entrepreneurs-improve-education <p>The Sprint Accelerator, is a sleek, modern communal work space occupying two floors of an old brick building in Kansas City’s Crossroads neighborhood. It has white board walls and tables for entrepreneurs to sketch out their ideas. It features massive oddly shaped chairs, lots of sunlight, and the startup-requisite game room featuring indoor shuffleboard and foosball.</p> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 12:48:21 +0000 Ben Palosaari 60313 at http://kcur.org Kansas City's Lean Lab Looks To Entrepreneurs To Improve Education Kansas City Public Schools Granted Provisional Accreditation http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-public-schools-granted-provisional-accreditation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the first time in two years, Kansas City Public Schools can say they're accredited. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Missouri State Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday afternoon to grant the district provisional accreditation&nbsp;after what the board described as two years of improvement. But both the state board and district officials emphasized there is still work to be done.</span></p> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 19:37:48 +0000 Ben Palosaari & Elle Moxley 60063 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Public Schools Granted Provisional Accreditation Nixon Calls For Investigation Into UMKC Business School Rankings http://kcur.org/post/nixon-calls-investigation-umkc-business-school-rankings <p>Missouri&nbsp;Gov. Jay Nixon is calling for an investigation into the way leaders at&nbsp;UMKC’s&nbsp;Henry W. Bloch School of Management promoted the school.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:50:26 +0000 Frank Morris 59803 at http://kcur.org Behind The Numbers: The Significance Of College Rankings http://kcur.org/post/behind-numbers-significance-college-rankings <p></p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:04:27 +0000 Gina Kaufmann & Matthew Long-Middleton 59737 at http://kcur.org Another Kansas City For-Profit College Could Be Closing http://kcur.org/post/another-kansas-city-profit-college-could-be-closing <p>For-profit Anthem College has told the state of Missouri it plans to lay off 67 employees in the next two months.</p><p>The school has put up a notice on its website that its campuses in Kansas City, Fenton and Maryland Heights are no longer enrolling new students but it hasn't confirmed the college is closing down.</p><p>The news comes just weeks after for-profit Corinthian College announced it would sell or close dozens of schools, including the Everest College campus in Kansas City. For now, that school continues to enroll new students.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:17:47 +0000 Elle Moxley 59397 at http://kcur.org Missouri State Board Not Ready To Grant KCPS Accreditation Request http://kcur.org/post/missouri-state-board-not-ready-grant-kcps-accreditation-request <p>The Missouri State Board of Education says there's not enough data to approve Kansas City Public Schools' request for provisional accreditation.</p><p>The district says its test scores should be good enough to qualify for provisional accreditation next month when its annual performance review is released. But the district asked the State Board to act early, before the school year starts, so it won't lose more students to other districts.</p><p>As long as the district remains unaccredited, state law permits students to transfer to neighboring schools.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:45:29 +0000 Elle Moxley 59297 at http://kcur.org Here's What You Need To Know About KCPS-Academie Lafayette Plan http://kcur.org/post/heres-what-you-need-know-about-kcps-academie-lafayette-plan <p>Kansas City Public Schools wants to close Southwest Early College Campus and <a href="http://kcur.org/post/school-district-academie-lafayette-planning-new-charter-southwest-campus">transform the site into a new high school</a> in partnership with French-immersion charter&nbsp;Academie Lafayette.</p><p>The district has been holding parent and community meetings this month to get feedback on the plan, which would require most current Southwest students transfer to other district schools. The next meeting is at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Paseo Academy, 4747 Flora Ave., Kansas City, Mo.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:23:24 +0000 Elle Moxley 59225 at http://kcur.org Here's What You Need To Know About KCPS-Academie Lafayette Plan Efficiency Group Considering Kansas School Spending http://kcur.org/post/efficiency-group-considering-kansas-school-spending <p>A commission will be working over the coming months to look for possible ways Kansas schools could more efficiently use tax dollars.</p><p>The group is made up of former lawmakers, education officials and members of advocacy groups like the Kansas Policy Institute. Those factions don't always see eye-to-eye on education issues.</p><p>The group elected former advertising executive and Wichita Chamber of Commerce Chairman Sam Williams to head the commission. He says he'll be working to get everyone on the same page.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:01:17 +0000 Stephen Koranda 59218 at http://kcur.org Kansas School Efficiency Group Convenes For First Time http://kcur.org/post/kansas-school-efficiency-group-convenes-first-time <p>A Kansas school efficiency commission created by the Legislature met for the first time Friday. It was formed to find ways for schools to more efficiently use taxpayer money while improving the quality of education.</p><p>The group chose retired advertising executive and former Wichita Chamber of Commerce Chairman Sam Williams to head the commission.</p><p>"I think my opportunity is to help us get to the position where the entire state of Kansas can be comfortable with the recommendations we're going to make," says Williams.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:44:39 +0000 Stephen Koranda 59145 at http://kcur.org Missouri Parents, Educators To Review Common Core http://kcur.org/post/missouri-parents-educators-review-common-core <p>Missouri parents and educators will take a closer look at academic standards as a result of legislation Gov. Jay Nixon signed Monday in <a href="http://kcur.org/post/compromise-would-keep-missouri-common-core-now">what could be the state's first step away from Common Core</a>.</p><p>An earlier version of the bill would have barred Missouri schools from implementing the Common Core. But now the state will use the nationally-crafted math and English language arts standards for at least two more years.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:32:11 +0000 Elle Moxley 58969 at http://kcur.org Fellowship Projects Seek To Reinvigorate Kansas City Schools http://kcur.org/post/fellowship-projects-seek-reinvigorate-kansas-city-schools <p>A new program is taking an entrepreneurial approach to tackling the longstanding problem of education in Kansas City, Mo.&nbsp;</p><p>The Lean Lab at the Sprint Accelerator will announce six projects to help area schools Friday afternoon.&nbsp;</p><p>For the past four weeks, fellows at the Lean Lab have been cooking up practical, simple ideas to reinvigorate education in Kansas City.</p><p>For example, one fellow is working on a grading system that will use smartphones and tablets to help track students' progress assignment by assignment.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:32:51 +0000 Cody Newill 58724 at http://kcur.org Fellowship Projects Seek To Reinvigorate Kansas City Schools University Of Missouri Sets Fundraising Record http://kcur.org/post/university-missouri-sets-fundraising-record <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Donors deposited a record-breaking amount of money into the University of Missouri’s coffers last fiscal year.</span></p><p>The university in Columbia, Mo., beat its 2013-14 fiscal year goal of raising $150 million by pulling in $164.5 million.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The amount broke the previous record of $160 million raised in fiscal year 2008. </span></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:32:15 +0000 Ben Palosaari 58714 at http://kcur.org University Of Missouri Sets Fundraising Record Missouri To Step Up Oversight Of Child Care Providers http://kcur.org/post/missouri-step-oversight-child-care-providers <p>There are roughly 2,300 child care providers in Missouri that don't have to follow any kind of health and safety regulations&nbsp;– a huge problem for parents trying to find suitable day care for their children.</p><p>"There are some folks out there who, either through negligence or circumstance, should not be in the business of providing child care," says Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, "and there's very little to stop them from setting up a sign, &nbsp;throwing a swing set out back and calling themselves a childcare provider."</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 19:35:38 +0000 Elle Moxley 58615 at http://kcur.org Missouri To Step Up Oversight Of Child Care Providers Survey Of College Campuses Shows Many Do Not Investigate Sexual Assault http://kcur.org/post/survey-college-campuses-shows-many-do-not-investigate-sexual-assault U.S. Sen. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:48:06 +0000 Jo Mannies 58611 at http://kcur.org Survey Of College Campuses Shows Many Do Not Investigate Sexual Assault KU's Edwards Campus To Add Five New Advanced Degree Options http://kcur.org/post/kus-edwards-campus-add-five-new-advanced-degree-options <p>Professionals seeking advanced degrees from the University of Kansas will have five new opportunities from the Overland Park-based Edwards campus starting this fall.&nbsp;</p><p>The five new degree programs are for graduate students in<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;education, business, accounting and international studies.</span></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:27:58 +0000 Cody Newill 58593 at http://kcur.org KU's Edwards Campus To Add Five New Advanced Degree Options UM System Expands Academic Tracking Platform To Boost Retention And Graduation Rates http://kcur.org/post/um-system-expands-academic-tracking-platform-boost-retention-and-graduation-rates <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="University of Missouri System Seal" data-attribution="Credit University of Missouri System" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201407/University-of-Missouri-System-Seal.png" alt="" /><p>The University of Missouri is expanding an early alert system that tracks academic performance to all four of its campuses this fall.<p>The system, developed by the company Starfish Retention Solutions, is designed to improve retention and graduation rates by better connecting students, fa Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:18:06 +0000 Joseph Leahy 58594 at http://kcur.org UM System Expands Academic Tracking Platform To Boost Retention And Graduation Rates Some Missouri Immigrants Can Tap Into Scholarship Fund http://kcur.org/post/some-missouri-immigrants-can-tap-scholarship-fund <p>The Missouri Department of Higher Education is opening up a community college scholarship program to young adults who were brought to the United States illegally as children.</p><p>That means students who qualify for the program, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals,&nbsp;will be able to trade tutoring hours for two years of tuition reimbursement through the A+ Scholarship Program.&nbsp;</p><p>The deferred action program is tied to an Obama administration initiative that started in 2012.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:27:53 +0000 Elle Moxley 58577 at http://kcur.org Some Missouri Immigrants Can Tap Into Scholarship Fund Kansas Schools Won't Get Report Cards After Hackers Stymie Tests http://kcur.org/post/kansas-schools-wont-get-report-cards-after-hackers-stymie-tests <p>The Kansas State Board of Education agreed Tuesday to throw out data from this year's math and reading exams after hackers disrupted the spring standardized tests.</p><p>The decision means the state won't be issuing school report cards this fall.</p><p>"We just didn't have faith that the data were going to give an accurate picture of where the students in Kansas are in relation to the new cognitive standards," says Mariane Perie, director of the Center for Education Testing and Evaluation&nbsp;at the University of Kansas.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:38:40 +0000 Elle Moxley 58558 at http://kcur.org Kansas Schools Won't Get Report Cards After Hackers Stymie Tests Historic Dividing Lines In Public Education Still Affect Kansas And Missouri Schools http://kcur.org/post/historic-dividing-lines-public-education-still-affect-kansas-and-missouri-schools <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>This spring marked the 60th anniversary of <a href="http://www.pbs.org/wnet/supremecourt/rights/landmark_brown.html">Brown v. Board of Education</a>, a Kansas case that went to the Supreme Court and ultimately ended with the ruling that the segregation of schools was unconstitutional. In the first half of Tuesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, we shared some little-known stories of the desegregation process from the months and years that followed.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 21:49:54 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Christina Lieffring & Matt Hodapp 58223 at http://kcur.org Historic Dividing Lines In Public Education Still Affect Kansas And Missouri Schools A Look Back At The Plan That Tried To Unify Kansas City Public Schools http://kcur.org/post/look-back-plan-tried-unify-kansas-city-public-schools <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 1967, Missouri Rep. Jim Spainhower<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;was tasked with creating a bill that would reorganize public school districts throughout the state.</span></span></p><p>Known as the&nbsp;Spainhower Commission, the plan would've cut the total number of school districts down to 20.</p><p>Reactions to the Spainhower Commission were almost uniformly negative at the time, as many Kansas City and St. Louis suburb residents thought it was a ploy for tax money and desegregation.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:29:52 +0000 Cody Newill 58217 at http://kcur.org A Look Back At The Plan That Tried To Unify Kansas City Public Schools How School And District Boundaries Shaped Education In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/how-school-and-district-boundaries-shaped-education-kansas-city <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Earlier this year, we </span><a href="http://kcur.org/topic/beyond-our-borders" style="line-height: 1.5;">embarked on a year-long investigation of the lines that divide and unite us</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> — starting with a look at </span>Troost<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Avenue.</span></p><p>The road&nbsp;has been used as a border for many things, including neighborhood associations, census tracts, political districts and public schools.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 14:52:10 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 57389 at http://kcur.org How School And District Boundaries Shaped Education In Kansas City College Tuition Rises While State Funding Decreases http://kcur.org/post/college-tuition-rises-while-state-funding-decreases <p></p><p></p><p>It's a struggle today for college students to pay their tuition. As costs continue to rise, states are backing away from funding higher education. Steve Kraske talks with the co-author of a <a href="http://chronicle.com/article/An-Era-of-Neglect/145045/">recent report</a> on this very problem. They look at why lawmakers in so many states are turning their backs on helping students get their degrees.</p><p><strong>Learn More: </strong>Find out who pays for public higher education, <a href="http://chronicle.com/article/Who-Pays-More/145063/">the state or the student</a>.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:34:05 +0000 Steve Kraske & Hannah Copeland 57993 at http://kcur.org College Tuition Rises While State Funding Decreases