Kansas Education’s New Vision Focuses on Non-Academic Skills

Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson is expected to unveil a new vision for schools that helps students attain non-academic skills such as conscientiousness, perseverance and collaboration.

Watson shared the Kansas State Board of Education’s new vision for Tuesday during the Kansas Department of Education’s annual conference in Wichita.

The ideas stems from community meetings to find out what people want from K-12 education in Kansas. Watson says Kansans want to place equal focus on helping students attain non-academic skills in order to be successful in the workforce.

Among the ideas is having business play more of a role through internships and job shadowing. Community service also should play a larger role.

Watson says that going forward the department and board will be focused on how every student can be successful.