The state of Kansas, through the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) serves 293 public school districts, 1600 schools, and over 42,800 teachers to provide educational opportunities for over 465,000 public school students. KSDE has developed academic standards and assessments of student performance in mathematics, reading, social studies, science, writing, and English as a second language. The State is currently participation in efforts to adopt high quality, internationally benchmarked common core standards. Additionally, KSDE has standards that specifically address workforce development and career/education preparation.
About the REL
The U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences (IES) supports 10 regional educational laboratories (RELs) across the country. These RELs are charged with supporting applied research and development, disseminating school improvement practices widely, and providing technical assistance to education agencies in their regions.