While the number of Kansas schools meeting federal achievement targets declined from last year, that doesn't mean our children did not improve. Test scores went up among almost all student groups last year, as it has every year since school funding increased after the 2006 Supreme Court ruling. Compliance went down because the targets went up. The reading target increased from 71.9 proficient to 76.6 percent, an almost 5 percent jump. The math target jumped almost 6 percent, from 63.2 percent to 69.3 percent. That's the real story behind the numbers. Congratulations to Kansas students, who continue to improve their grades, and to our hard-working teachers for their dedication.
Cook is executive director of Kansas Families for Education.