Kansas has implemented several literacy policies aimed at improving reading proficiency among its students. The state's approach to literacy education focuses on evidence-based instruction, early intervention, and support for struggling readers. One key policy is the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards for English Language Arts, which outlines the skills and knowledge that students need to develop in order to be successful readers, including phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.
Kansas provides training and support for educators in evidence-based literacy practices, such as balanced literacy instruction and the use of data to inform instruction. The state has established the Kansas State Department of Education's Literacy Team to provide guidance and support to educators and promote evidence-based literacy practices.
Kansas uses a statewide assessment, the Kansas Assessment Program (KAP), to monitor student progress in reading and identify areas where additional support is needed. The state's Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) framework provides a systematic approach to identifying and supporting struggling readers, with tiered levels of intervention based on student needs.
The Kansas State Department of Education also partners with local organizations and agencies to promote literacy development through initiatives such as the Kansas Reading Roadmap and the Kansas Early Learning Standards. These programs aim to support literacy development among students and families, particularly those in low-income communities. Additionally, the state has established the Kansas Reading Initiative, which focuses on promoting early literacy development among young children in the state.
Kansas Student Score Gaps:
This represents a decline from the 2019 percentage of 4th grade students not reading at the proficient level which was 66%.
In 2022, Black students had an average score that was 27 points lower than that of White students. This performance gap was not significantly different from that in 1998 (30 points).
In 2022, Hispanic students had an average score that was 22 points lower than that of White students. This performance gap was not significantly different from that in 1998 (25 points).
In 2022, male students in Kansas had an average score that was lower than that of female students by 7 points.
In 2022, students who were eligible for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) had an average score that was 28 points lower than that for students who were not eligible. This performance gap was not significantly different from that in 1998 (23 points).
Information from the NAEP website for 2022 4th grade reading scores.
KS EVIDENCE-BASED CHAMPIONS
KS EVIDENCE-BASED ORGANIZATIONS
These organizations are committed to promoting evidence-based reading practices, providing professional development opportunities for educators, and supporting students in developing strong reading skills.