Kansas: College and Career Policies

The Kansas State Board of Education oversees the licensing of teachers.

The Kansas Assessment Program includes a variety of tests aligned to Kansas' content standards, including tests in ELA, math, science, social studies, science, and a test for non-native English speakers

In Kansas, in order to be licensed, applicants must hold a bachelor's degree, complete an approved teacher preparation program, and pass the required pedagogical examination. Specific licensure requirements are listed under 91-1-203.

The State Board of Education has full authority to adopt standards. The State Board of Education, per state law, Chapter 72, mandates adopting and maintaining standards.

The Kansas State Board of Education accredits universities and their programs.

Teachers who already hold a license simply must reapply before the initial license expiration date. If not, other requirements apply that are outlined in 91-1-205.

In order to be approved, programs must follow the outlined accreditation process.

The State Board of Education has authority over the adoption of Career and Technical Education Standards.

The Mission of English Language Arts and Literacy Education: English Language Arts and Literacy in History/ Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects education in Kansas prepares students to become accomplished in reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language across all content areas.

Kansas requires 4 units of English Language Arts for graduation.

The assessments that are required are: Kansas Assessment Program (KAP) (ELA) or the Kansas English Language Proficiency Assessment for non-native speakers.

Kansas updated their Math standards in 2010. These standards are aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

Kansas requires 3 credits of math to graduate.

The Kansas Assessment Program (KAP) (Math) is required.

The Kansas State Board of Education adopted thirteen standards along with indicators for professional development.

Kansas requires 8 additional units for graduation.

Kansas has standards in 4 content areas which include History, Government, and Social Studies, English Language Arts, Math, and Science.

Administrators must complete professional development hours in a variety of ways, as outlined in 91-1-205, in order to renew their certificate.

Kansas requires 3 credits of science courses to graduate.

The Kansas State Board of Education has full authority to adopt assessments.

The Kansas Assessment Program includes a variety of tests aligned to Kansas' content standards, including tests in ELA, math, science, social studies, science, and a test for non-native English speakers

The Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) and the Interstate School Leadership Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) Standards provide some guidance on what can be measured and a charge to remain focused on the educator’s responsibility in promoting the success of all learners. Using the InTASC and ISLLC standards as the foundation, the Kansas Educator Evaluation Protocol System has identified key areas, or constructs, for evaluation of district leaders, building leaders and teachers. The evaluation of licensed personnel in Kansas is governed by KSA 72-9001 through 9006. The statute requires each local board of education to adopt written policies of personnel evaluation procedure.

Kansas updated their History, Government, and Social Studies requirements in 2013.

Districts can use the Kansas Educator Evaluation Protocol (KEEP) or a locally developed tool. The system should be rigorous, transparent and equitable for all educators. Rigorous evaluation systems provide multiple opportunities for teacher or leader observations and data collection. The instrument mandates evidenced-based performance decisions described in judgment rubrics including: observations, valid/reliable student achievement data, artifacts and evidence of teaching and learning. Transparent systems require multiple opportunities for input by evaluator and staff being evaluated. The process of evaluation is collaborative. It includes self-reflection and goal setting, and it is reflective of a continuous improvement model.

Kansas requires 3 credits of social studies for graduation.