Kansas State Department of Education Kansans Can Star Recognition Program

Award Winners: 2020 | 2021 | 2022


Academically Prepared for Postsecondary


The Kansas State Board of Education defines a successful high school graduate as having the academic preparation, cognitive preparation, technical skills, employability skills and civic engagement to be successful in postsecondary education, in the attainment of an industry recognized certification or in the workforce, without the need for remediation.

For Kansas to achieve its vision for education in the area of academic preparation, 75% of all students need to score at or above Levels 3 and 4 on state assessments.  

Level 3 shows an effective ability to understand and use the skills and knowledge needed for postsecondary academic readiness. Level 4 shows an excellent ability to understand and use the skills and knowledge needed for postsecondary academic readiness.

The Prepared for High School Graduation Award starts to recognize those districts whose students are scoring above the state average on state assessments, with the highest awards going to school districts with 75% of students at levels 3 and 4.

Districts are recognized annually for the percent of all students, across all grade levels scoring at levels 3 and 4 on Kansas state assessments in math, English language arts and science. It is the combination of all grades in all three assessed subjects.


To be eligible for this recognition, districts must maintain annually a 95 percent participation rate in all three assessment areas.


Gold Star
Silver Star
Bronze Star
Copper Star
75% and above 60%-74.9% 50%-59.9% State average – 49.9%


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