Forty-four high school seniors were recognized as the first-ever Kansas Career and Technical Education Scholars during the Kansas State Board of Education’s April meeting.
State Board of Education members met at the Landon State Office Building, 900 S.W. Jackson, on April 18. The second day of the meeting took place at the Kansas State Schools for the Deaf and Blind.
Jay Scott, assistant director of the Kansas State Department of Education’s Career Standards and Assessment Services team, shared information about the CTE Scholars program with board members and announced the 2017 CTE Scholars.
The program is an opportunity to recognize well-rounded outstanding CTE students who are finishing their senior year of high school, Scott said.
Students have to be a high school senior and meet the following criteria to be selected as a scholar:
Scholars will receive a commemorative pin, special certificate and statewide recognition, Scott said.
This year’s Kansas CTE Scholars are:
Bill Mullens, superintendent of Marysville USD 364 and chairman of the Coalition of Innovative School Districts, gave a biannual report about the Coalition to board members. The Coalition is required to report twice per year to the board concerning the status of the Coalition’s efforts.
Current Coalition members are McPherson USD 418; Concordia USD 333; Kansas City USD 500; Hugoton USD 210; Blue Valley USD 229; Marysville USD 364; and Fredonia USD 484.
The Coalition strives to serve as a think tank; cultivate key partnerships; maintain openness to ideas; identify the horizon and be on the edge of change; overcome resistance; and embrace change for betterment of student success.
Board members agreed to renew 17 one-year specialized certificates for the Coalition of Innovative School Districts. All of the certificates were for Kansas City Unified School District 500.
Cindy Lane, superintendent of Kansas City USD 500, spoke to board members about the renewal of the specialized certificates. The board in June 2016 gave approval to the Coalition to issue 15 specialized certificates for a one-year period, renewable upon local board approval. The certificates aren’t transferable to any other Kansas school district.
At the February 2017 meeting, the State Board of Education approved USD 500 Kansas City to issue five additional specialized certificates to candidates approved by the USD 500 Board of Education and the Coalition board of directors. The Coalition asked that 17 of the 20 specialized certificates be continued. The board approved the continuation.
Kansas Commissioner of Education Randy Watson updated board members on Kansas state assessments. He said the assessment stages were shrunk for this year’s testing cycle by 60 percent and results will be available by the end of the testing cycle. He also said the assessment is a predictor to the ACT and other national tests.
While the University of Kansas’ Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation (CETE) hired more staff members to assist with this year’s testing cycle, there were still some issues. As such, Watson requested the board delay its vote to renew the contract with CETE.
Watson also updated board members on the search for a superintendent for the Kansas State Schools for the Deaf and Blind. The interview process was very “extensive,” Watson said. Selected candidates met with a selection committee for about 90 minutes, toured both of the schools and met with stakeholders.
Committee members will have to reach a consensus on who is the best person for the job, Watson said. The committee will then select a person to recommend to the State Board of Education. That is scheduled to happen in May.
Also during the meeting, State Board of Education members:
The board will meet again May 9-10 at the Landon State Office Building, 900 S.W. Jackson.
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