TOPEKA (KSNT) – A study issued earlier this week by the Annie E. Casey foundation shows Kansas kids are not meeting certain benchmarks in education.
The report findings, according to one education advocate, and the decisions reached by Kansas lawmakers are directly related.
“All of these things are related,” Mark Desetti with the KNEA said. “When you see we’re dropping in the rankings it’s because we’re not providing the type of services that lift people out of poverty.”
From 2012 until 2014, 56% of young children in the state were not in school, In 2015, 65% of Kansas fourth graders were not meeting reading standards, 67% of eighth graders are not proficient in math. The study says those three areas got worse.
The only education metric that improved was the percentage of high school students not graduating on time. In 2007-2008, the study said Kansas had 21% of it’s students fail to graduate on time. In 2012 and 2013, 12% of students in the state did not graduate when they should have.
The foundation also looked at how the United States did as a whole.
According to the data, the only area that got worse for the country overall was the percentage of young children not in school. Of more than four million children, 53% of them were not in school from 2012-2014.
What is happening in Kansas that is keeping the numbers down? Desetti said it is happening at the Statehouse.
“When we look at all of this, which is a result of this self-inflicted economic fiscal crisis,” he said.