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Education Commissioner: Kansas Needs to Boost Test Scores

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TOPEKA, Kan. (KNS/KMUW) – The state’s top education official says Kansas schools should make academic achievement a priority, and that includes raising test scores. Some state lawmakers have criticized Kansas schools for the growing number of students who score in the lowest level on state math and reading tests. That means they don’t have the skills needed for college or the job market.

Education Commissioner Randy Watson says schools should refocus on — and put their money toward — raising those scores. Watson also called for boosting the state’s supply of teachers, engaging more with families, and improving school safety.

Last year, about a third of Kansas students scored at the lowest level on the state math and reading tests.