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Kansas Officials Seek To Calm Data Concerns

Associated Press - August 14, 2013 2:48 pm

An educational think tank says Kansas is replacing some of the nation's strongest science standards for public schools with weaker, multistate guidelines.

A Kansas House committee is preparing to consider legislation that would bar use of the Common Core standards for reading and math in public schools.

Kansas education officials are seeking to calm concerns about the student data that is being collected as the state switches to new education standards.

Two Kansas State Department of Education officials answered questions during Tuesday’s board meeting. The questions are coming amid the switch to the Common Core educational standards. The new standards replace a hodgepodge of educational goals that had varied greatly from state to state.

Education department information technology director Kathy Gosa says information collected includes demographic data and test scores. Much of that data is aggregated without personal identifiers and used to determine state or federal funding.

Speaking at the meeting, former board of education member Walt Chappell urged the board to “please stop collecting so much data on children and families.”

Associated Press information from: The Topeka Capital-Journal

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