Early Literacy Roundtable 2018 Kansas State Board of Education Questionnaire

As part of the National Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, members of the Kansas Early Literacy Roundtable are seeking opinions on early literacy policy. We seek input with the desire of providing this information to the public for their benefit.

The Problem: Reading proficiency by third grade is the most important predictor of high school graduation and career success. Yet every year, more than 80 percent of low-income children miss this crucial milestone. It is essential therefore that policies address the needs of children to ensure we increase early reading proficiency.

Some Solutions: According to the National Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, policies and practices that focus on ensuring school readiness, promoting school attendance, providing out-of-school interventions and supporting parents all can help. The questions below draw from this information and refine the concepts to match the specific circumstances of Kansas education, policy, and children. We provide with each question a link to information that further explains the issue and policy. Finally, each question also allows you to provide additional information should you so wish.

Below are the questions we’ve been asking. For each question, we’ve also been asking what action they would take on the issue:

Priority 1: School Readiness

  • Do you support providing early childhood education, defined by the Kansas State Board of Education as including the continuum of birth to age eight, for all Kansas children?

  • Will you support funding for universal preschool?

  • Will you support funding for programs such as the Kansas Preschool Program and 4-year-old at-risk children so that school districts and community preschools can provide early childhood programming?

    • For all children? For qualifying children?

  • Do you support policies and funding to promote partnerships between schools and community-based organizations to provide equitable high-quality early childhood programs?

  • Do you support the mandated Kindergarten Readiness Framework tool put in place by the Kansas State Board of Education?

  • Should Kansas schools be required to employ a universal screener, like DIBELS, as a standard practice to identify children at risk for dyslexia?

Priority 2: School Outcomes and Accountability

Priority 3: Supporting Children and Families

  • Do you support afterschool for high-poverty school districts?

  • Do you support summer programs for high-poverty school districts?

  • Do you support systematic alignment of in-school instruction and curriculum with the following PK-3 out-of-school programs?

    • Do you support afterschool?

    • Do you support summer programs?

    • Do you support family engagement and support programs?

  • Do you support the revised Kansas Social-Emotional and Character Development Standards (SECD) as recently adopted by the Kansas State Board of Education?

  • Do you support systematic alignment of in-school instruction and curriculum with afterschool programs that build career and college readiness?

  • Do you believe family engagement, defined as a shared responsibility in which schools and other community agencies and organizations are committed to reaching out to engage families in meaningful ways and in which families are committed to actively supporting their children's learning and development, is important to the success of children in our public schools in Kansas?

Sam Hysell