Session of 1999
By Committee on Education

  9             AN  ACT concerning school districts; affecting the core academic areas
10             subject to assessment under the school performance accreditation sys-
11             tem; amending K.S.A. 1998 Supp. 72-6439 and repealing the existing
12             section.
14       Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:
15             Section  1. K.S.A. 1998 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 United States government and civics, United States history, United
23       States geography, world history, world geography, and economics, and
24       shall establish curriculum standards for such core academic areas. The
25       assessments shall be administered at three grade levels, as determined by
26       the state board. The curriculum standards shall be equal to the best stan-
27       dards of excellence and shall be reviewed at least every three years. The
28       state board shall ensure compatibility between the statewide assessments
29       and the curriculum standards. Nothing in this subsection shall be con-
30       strued in any manner so as to impinge upon any district's authority to
31       determine its own curriculum.
32             (c) The state board of education shall determine performance levels
33       on the statewide assessments, the achievement of which represents ex-
34       cellence in the academic area at the grade level to which the assessment
35       applies. The state board should specify the measure of excellence both
36       for individual performance and school performance on the assessments.
37             (d)  Each school in every district shall establish a school site council
38       composed of the principal and representatives of teachers and other
39       school personnel, parents of pupils attending the school, the business
40       community, and other community groups. School site councils shall be
41       responsible for providing advice and counsel in evaluating state, school
42       district, and school site performance goals and objectives and in deter-
43       mining the methods that should be employed at the school site to meet
44       these goals and objectives.
45             (e) On or before January 1, 1997 In each school year, the state board
46       of education shall prepare a public education performance report card
47       consisting of statewide aggregated data pertaining to performance on
48       statewide assessments and other measurable performance indicators
49       specified by the state board as part of the accreditation system. The report
50       card shall be designed to show comparative data over multiple years, as
51       determined by the state board. In addition to the public education per-
52       formance report card, the state board shall prepare a school building
53       report card for each school building operated by a district and shall pro-
54       vide the board of each district with information showing the statewide
55       data and school building data, including multiple year data.
56             (f) Under the direction of Kansas, Inc., and subject to appropriations
57       therefor, a study evaluating changes in pupil performance attributable to
58       the school accreditation system shall be conducted between July 1 and
59       November 30, 1997. The main purpose of the study shall be to ascertain,
60       through evaluation of the 48 school districts that began implementation
61       of the school performance accreditation process in the 1991-92 school
62       year, the extent of the change in pupil academic performance under the
63       system and to provide an explanation of the factors that have contributed
64       materially to the changes that have occurred. The study shall be based
65       on data for the 1996-97 school year. The results of the study shall be
66       reported to the legislature at the commencement of the 1998 session.
67       Kansas, Inc. shall convene an advisory committee for assistance in de-
68       signing the study, providing direction for the conducting of research, an-
69       alyzing research findings, and preparing the report of the results of the
70       study. The advisory committee shall consist of not less than seven and
71       not more than 11 members and shall be representative of the state board
72       of education, teachers, school administrators, boards of education, busi-
73       ness, and the public. Members of the advisory committee attending meet-
74       ings of the committee or subcommittee meetings authorized by Kansas,
75       Inc. shall be paid amounts provided for in subsection (e) of K.S.A. 75-
76       3223, and amendments thereto. 
77       Sec.  2. K.S.A. 1998 Supp. 72-6439 is hereby repealed.
78        Sec.  3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its
79       publication in the statute book.