Kansas - Social-Emotional Learning or Character Development: Programs and Services (S/D)

Programs And Services
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State law encourages districts to integrate social-emotional learning or character education into the school curriculum.

2017 Kansas Statutes 72-5170 Same; school district accreditation system; curriculum standards; statewide assessments; school site councils.

(a) In order to accomplish the mission for Kansas education, the state board shall design and adopt a school district accreditation system based upon improvement in performance that equals or exceeds the educational goal set forth in K.S.A. 2017 Supp. 72-3218(c), and amendments thereto, and is measurable. The state board shall hold all school districts accountable to the Kansans can outcomes, or any successor outcomes established by the state board, through the Kansas education systems accreditation rules and regulations, or any successor accreditation system adopted by the state board. The state board shall establish rigorous accountability measures in the areas of social emotional learning, kindergarten readiness, individual plans of study, graduation and postsecondary success. The state board also shall ensure that all school districts and the public schools operated by such districts have programs and initiatives in place for providing those educational capacities set forth in K.S.A. 2017 Supp. 72-3218(c), and amendments thereto. On or before January 15, 2018, and each January 15 thereafter, the state board shall prepare and submit a report on the school district accreditation system to the governor and the legislature.

2017 Kansas Statutes 72-3231 Character development programs.

(a) Upon request of a school district, the state board shall assist in the development of a grade appropriate curriculum for character development programs which may be offered to students in the school district. Nothing in this subsection shall be construed as requiring the state board to develop a new curriculum or a new character development program.

(b) As used in this section:

  • (1) “Character development program” means a program which is secular in nature and which stresses character qualities.

  • (2) “Character qualities” means positive character qualities which include, but is not limited to, honesty, responsibility, attentiveness, patience, kindness, respect, self-control, tolerance, cooperation, initiative, patriotism and citizenship

  • (3) “State board” means the state board of education.

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