Educators Wary Of Continued Kan. Test Success

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

For the ninth straight year, Kansas school children improved on state math and reading tests, but officials say that progress may not last.

The Kansas Department of Education released the scores this week, showing that 82.8% of students scored at the proficient level or above in math, up from 81% the year before. For reading, 85.7% of students were proficient in reading, up from 84.1%.

But Education Commissioner Alexa Posny said Wednesday that those scores are likely to decline if funding levels are reduced.

She said federal stimulus dollars supplanted a loss in state dollars for this school year. But if Kansas isn't able to return to previous spending levels, the resources used to improve test scores in many districts will be eliminated.

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