General Education

Education in Kansas

Kansas Parent Information and Resource Center (KPIRC): KPIRC provides mainly No Child Left Behind information for parents and educators. They also have good general education information. This site has tons of great downloads. Some information is available in Spanish.

Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE): The KSDE website provides the official information on education in Kansas. Try using the "Subjects Directory" under the "Subjects" tab or looking under "Popular Pages" section to find what you're looking for.

”Just for Parents” - Kansas Curriculum Standards: KSDE developed these brochures to explain state curriculum standards to parents. Brochures are available for grades 4-8 and 10-11. However, these brochures only address the subject areas that are tested on the state assessment in those grades. Brochures are available in Spanish—scroll to the bottom of the page.

Kansas Building, District, and State Report Cards: These report cards show how students performed on the state assessments in each grade.  You can look at the results for individual schools and districts, as well as for the whole state.  You can also compare the results for different ethnic groups and for specific subgroups of students: those with disabilities, those who have Limited English Proficiency, those who are migrants, and those who are economically disadvantaged.

Kansas K-12 School Reports: In this section of the KSDE site, you can find contact information for individual schools and districts. You can also create reports showing information about enrollment, graduation and dropout rates, and staff for individual schools and districts.

National Education Resources

ACT: ACT is the college entrance exam taken by most high school seniors in Kansas. The ACT website provides information for students, teachers, and parents on registering for and taking the ACT, getting and sending scores, and applying for college. However, ACT also provides many other educational assessment tools, such as those used by community and technical colleges. You can also find information on estimating possible financial aid awards, searching for colleges, and getting workforce training. Information is available in Spanish.

Busy Teachers' Web Site K-12: This is an excellent resource for teachers and, for that matter, anyone who wants to brush up on their education. Its goal is to link teachers to direct source materials, lesson plans, and classroom activities. The site says it is especially good for people who have little experience using the Internet! Busy Teachers’ quickly directs you to the information you need through a compilation of annotated links to websites on various educational subjects, including mathematics, English, geology, and--our favorite--recess! Of particular interest are the sections “For Families” and “High School Guidance and Counseling.”

Education World: Called “The Educator’s Best Friend.” Education World's goal is to make it easy for educators to integrate the Internet into the classroom. Parents and students should check out the new “Ed World at Home” section for news, learning activities, and helpful tips.

New York Times Learning Network: This is a great educational resource for students (grades 3-12), teachers, and parents. Students can learn about current and historical events, teachers can get daily lesson plans and check out the latest educational news, and parents can find resources for enhancing their child’s understanding of current events. Students can even submit questions to reporters or write a letter to the editor.

U.S. Department of Education: The educational resource website. Has information targeted individually to students, parents, teachers, and administrators. Find everything from the text of the No Child Left Behind Act to books for parents to use to help their children read. Some information is available in Spanish.

United States Department of Education's Education Publications Center: Students, parents, teachers and administrators can get free education publications this ED Pubs website, the U.S. Department of Education's Publications Center. Information is available in Spanish.