Session of 2000
By Committee on Education

10             AN  ACT concerning school districts; relating to school building report
11             cards; requiring certain information and disposition; amending K.S.A.
12             1999 Supp. 72-6439 and repealing the existing section.
14       Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:
15             Section  1. K.S.A. 1999 Supp. 72-6439 is hereby amended to read as
16       follows: 72-6439. (a) In order to accomplish the mission for Kansas ed-
17       ucation, the state board of education shall design and adopt a school
18       performance accreditation system based upon improvement in perform-
19       ance that reflects high academic standards and is measurable.
20             (b) The state board of education shall provide for assessments in the
21       core academic areas of mathematics, science, reading, writing, and social
22       studies, and shall establish curriculum standards for such core academic
23       areas. The assessments shall be administered at three grade levels, as
24       determined by the state board. The curriculum standards shall be equal
25       to the best standards and shall be reviewed at least every three years. The
26       state board shall ensure compatibility between the statewide assessments
27       and the curriculum standards. Nothing in this subsection shall be con-
28       strued in any manner so as to impinge upon any district's authority to
29       determine its own curriculum.
30             (c) The state board of education shall determine performance levels
31       on the statewide assessments, the achievement of which represents ex-
32       cellence in the academic area at the grade level to which the assessment
33       applies. The state board should specify the measure of excellence both
34       for individual performance and school performance on the assessments.
35             (d)  Each school in every district shall establish a school site council
36       composed of the principal and representatives of teachers and other
37       school personnel, parents of pupils attending the school, the business
38       community, and other community groups. School site councils shall be
39       responsible for providing advice and counsel in evaluating state, school
40       district, and school site performance goals and objectives and in deter-
41       mining the methods that should be employed at the school site to meet
42       these goals and objectives.
43             (e) On or before January 1, 1997 in each school year, the state board


  1       of education shall prepare a public education performance report card
  2       consisting of statewide aggregated data pertaining to performance on
  3       statewide assessments and other measurable performance indicators
  4       specified by the state board as part of the accreditation system. The report
  5       card shall be designed to show comparative data over multiple years, as
  6       determined by the state board. In addition to the public education per-
  7       formance report card, the state board shall prepare a school building
  8       report card for each school building operated by a district and shall pro-
  9       vide the board of each district with information showing the statewide
10       data and school building data, including multiple year data. Each school
11       building report card shall include a description of the academic back-
12       ground of and certificates and endorsements held by each of the profes-
13       sional employees of the district who are directly responsible for the in-
14       structional program offered and maintained in the school building. The
15       board of each district shall distribute the school building report card to
16       the parents of each pupil in attendance at school in such school building.
17       The method for distributing the report card shall be determined by the
18       board of each district and the distribution shall be reported to the state
19       board of education.
20             (f) Under the direction of Kansas, Inc., and subject to appropriations
21       therefor, a study evaluating changes in pupil performance attributable to
22       the school accreditation system shall be conducted between July 1 and
23       November 30, 1997. The main purpose of the study shall be to ascertain,
24       through evaluation of the 48 school districts that began implementation
25       of the school performance accreditation process in the 1991-92 school
26       year, the extent of the change in pupil academic performance under the
27       system and to provide an explanation of the factors that have contributed
28       materially to the changes that have occurred. The study shall be based
29       on data for the 1996-97 school year. The results of the study shall be
30       reported to the legislature at the commencement of the 1998 session.
31       Kansas, Inc. shall convene an advisory committee for assistance in de-
32       signing the study, providing direction for the conducting of research, an-
33       alyzing research findings, and preparing the report of the results of the
34       study. The advisory committee shall consist of not less than seven and
35       not more than 11 members and shall be representative of the state board
36       of education, teachers, school administrators, boards of education, busi-
37       ness, and the public. Members of the advisory committee attending meet-
38       ings of the committee or subcommittee meetings authorized by Kansas,
39       Inc. shall be paid amounts provided for in subsection (e) of K.S.A. 75-
40       3223, and amendments thereto. 
41       Sec.  2. K.S.A. 1999 Supp. 72-6439 is hereby repealed.
42        Sec.  3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its
43       publication in the statute book.