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Notice of public meeting: A chance to be heard about K-12 English language arts in Kansas schools

Posted: Apr 4, 2017
Categories: KSDE
Author: Ann Bush

Standards revisions in English Language Arts affecting Kansas K-12 education in both public and private accredited schools

Notice of Public Meeting: A Chance to Be Heard About K-12 English Language Arts in Kansas Schools

Standards revisions in English Language Arts affecting Kansas K-12 education in both public and private accredited schools

The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) is proposing revisions to the current College and Career Ready Standards in English Language Arts. The revisions are part of the legislated review process that must take place every seven years.

The current English Language Arts Standards were approved by the Kansas State Board of Education in December 2010. The public meetings will highlight the changes being proposed by the Kansas Standards Review Committee, which is comprised of educators, legislators, higher education and other Kansas constituents.

What KSDE is proposing:

Beginning April 11, 2017, a complete draft of the ELA Standards will be available at: http://community.ksde.org/Default.aspx?tabid=6152

Some of the proposed changes include:

Clear grade-level progressions for each standard.
Inclusion of Early Learning Standards in progressions document.
Added clarity regarding what each standard could look like at each grade level.
Language standards included in progression format to help with integration.
User-friendly format.
Interactive links to aid usage.
Who is affected by the proposed standards:

Kansas teachers of English Language Arts in elementary, middle and high schools, as well as students and parents of both public and private accredited schools.

How to provide feedback:

Those who are interested in providing feedback can do so beginning April 11, 2017 by visiting the following link: http://community.ksde.org/Default.aspx?tabid=6152

Additionally, oral and written comments may be offered at the following public meeting sites:

Meeting Sites
Tuesday, April 11
6-7:30 p.m.
Newton District Office
308 E. 1st St.
Newton, KS
Wednesday, April 12
6-7:30 p.m.
Emporia State University
Visser Hall, Room 330
Emporia, KS
Thursday, April 13
6-7:30 p.m.
Andover District Office
1432 North Andover Rd.
Andover, KS
Tuesday, April 18
6-7:30 p.m.
Bonner Springs HS
100 McDanield St.
Bonner Springs, KS
Monday, May 8
6-7:30 p.m.
NW KS Ed. Service Ctr.
703 West Second St.
Oakley, KS
Tuesday, May 9
6-7:30 p.m.
Garden City High
2420 Buffalo Way
Garden City, KS
Monday, May 22
6-7:30 p.m.
Great Bend
201 S. Patton Rd.
Great Bend, KS


Additional Information:

Suzanne Myers
English Language Arts and Literacy Consultant
(785) 296-5060

Kansas State Department of Education
Landon State Office Building
900 S.W. Jackson Ave.
Topeka, KS  66612

Further Proceedings:

After public meetings, the English Language Arts Standards Review Committee will review all comments and may modify the standards based on the feedback obtained. The standards will then be presented to the State Board of Education for their review. Adoption of revised English Language Arts standards by the State Board of Education is tentatively scheduled for Fall 2017.


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