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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Board members asked to think about assessments

  • When the Lansing Board of Education met Monday, the district's superintendent said he wants board members to be thinking about testing.
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      When Lansing school board members met Monday, the took up the following issues:

      They approved two applications and certificates for payment for work performed at the site of ...
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      In other business
      When Lansing school board members met Monday, the took up the following issues:
      They approved two applications and certificates for payment for work performed at the site of the new Lansing High School. The applications for payment were from McPherson Contractors. One was in the amount of $458,769. The other was in the amount of $9,255.
      They approved an updated policy regarding the use of school facilities and equipment. The new version included updated fees and other changes.
      They accepted the donation of $350 from the Kansas Beef Council to be used by the Family and Consumer Sciences Department at Lansing High School.
      They approved site council members for the elementary, middle and high schools.
  • When the Lansing Board of Education met Monday, the district's superintendent said he wants board members to be thinking about testing.
    Superintendent Randy Bagby shared with board members documents from the Kansas State Department of Education related to the tests and college and career readiness.
    Bagby said possible changes to state assessments are being considered, but it's in the "embryonic stage." He said this presents a window of opportunity.
    "Things are changing," he said.
    Bagby said he might be asked to offer his opinion during meetings with other superintendents or state officials. But he wants to know what board members think about the issue.
    "My opinion might be totally different than yours," he said.
    Bagby said he's not going to give testimonials without knowing how the board feels.
    He said there are positives about the state assessments such as uniformity from one community to another. But one of the problems he sees with the assessments is that they're used to compare schools.
    The superintendent said he doesn't see the value of comparing schools in Lansing with Russell, for example.
    "Those comparisons are not valid," he said.
    He said the differences between the cultures of Easton and Lansing are "night and day."
    Bagby said another issue is how meaningful the tests are to students and how motivated they are when taking them.
    Bagby offered the scenario of a student scoring a 34 on the ACT test. This would be close to a perfect score on a test traditionally taken by students who are looking to go to college.
    The superintendent questioned whether this student should waste his or her time later taking a Kansas assessment test.
    "I think it's a valid question," Bagby said.
    And if the student does take the state assessment, how is he or she going to be motivated, Bagby asked.
    Bagby said he will continue sharing information about the topic with board members.
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