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  1. 1. Challenges Facing Kansas High Schools<br /><br />Kirk Haskins<br />Thursday, January 14, 2010<br />
  2. 2. Agenda<br />Background of speaker<br />Challenges Facing Kansas High Schools<br />Identifying three obstacles<br />Addressing the role of an Education Program Consultant<br />Conclusion<br />1/13/2010<br />2<br />Challenges Facing Kansas High Schools<br />
  3. 3. Kirk Haskins<br />Background<br />
  4. 4. Kirk Haskins<br />Education:<br />Univ. of Kansas <br />EdD: HE Admin.<br />(Expected 2012)<br />Wichita State Univ. MBA <br />Dec. 1998<br />Washburn Univ.<br />BA: Comm.<br />May 1993<br />Topeka, KS native<br />18 years managing both private and public businesses<br />15 years working in education<br />10 years teaching business and entrepreneurship – high school and college<br />Specialties:<br />Relationship marketing<br />Entrepreneurship<br />Organization management<br />Public speaking<br />Communication campaigns – all media formats<br />Interesting side-bar:<br />Ran a marathon – finished on the same day of its start<br />Won a car at senior high school prom<br />Expert on prime time television between 1980-85<br />1/13/2010<br />4<br />Challenges Facing Kansas High Schools<br /><br />
  5. 5. Role of Education Program Consultant - Business<br />Challenges Facing KS High Schools<br />
  6. 6. Challenge #1 - Funding Schools<br />“The legislature shall make suitable provision for finance of the educational interests of the state.”<br />Kansas State Constitution – Article 6:6:b<br />Decreases in public school funding will have lasting effects on HS student success<br />2006 – Montoy vs. State of Kansas<br />$755.6 million per year needed to be added to support public schools<br />FY2009: 34.4%; $1.05 Billion (Includes LOB)<br />Jan. 11, 2010 – Motion reopen case<br />“State economy has led to less support for equipment, software and curriculum updates…reduced participation in professional development activities outside our district/building.” <br />– Dr. Ralph Beacham, K-ACTE President (Fall 2009)<br />1/13/2010<br />6<br />Challenges Facing Kansas High Schools<br />
  7. 7. Challenge #1 – EPC SOLUTION<br />Continue to build awareness of available workshops via Interactive Distance Learning and Podcasts;<br />Build an online data warehouse for sharing lesson plans and resources for improving business pedagogy;<br />Proactively seek and obtain grant funding;<br />Administer and create a blog for channeling current business trends and changes within KSDE; and<br />Maintain a positive and supportive presence within the Local Education Agencies (LEA) to retain quality teachers.<br />1/13/2010<br />7<br />Challenges Facing Kansas High Schools<br />
  8. 8. Challenge #2 – Equality and Retention<br />At-risk students are growing<br />HS students are becoming more diverse<br />FY2009 – Economic Disadvantage Students in Kansas 42.8% (4%: FY06)<br />FY2007 – National HS drop out rate:<br />Black – 8.4%<br />Hispanic – 21.4%<br />KASB - FY2014: KS Hispanic student enrollment 70,352 (8,000: FY09)<br />WICHE - FY2014: KS Black student graduation 1,683 (500: FY09)<br />“New empirical evidence shows that low-income and immigrant children of color are being denied essential educational opportunities to learn by schools…because they are deprive students of learning essentials: books, qualified teachers, and a safe environment.”<br />(McDonough, 2004, p. 15)<br />1/13/2010<br />8<br />Challenges Facing Kansas High Schools<br />
  9. 9. Challenge #2 – EPC SOLUTION<br />Continue KSDE’s efforts in diversifying curriculum and programs to meet multi-cultural demands;<br />Assist schools in establishing mentor programs that reflect our non-white student populations:<br />Business owners<br />Civic leaders<br />College professors<br />Offer professional development in best-practices for serving at-risk students; and<br />Direct students into entrepreneurship programs for human capital development.<br />1/13/2010<br />9<br />Challenges Facing Kansas High Schools<br />
  10. 10. Challenge #3 – College Preparation<br />“More students from all backgrounds are attending college than ever before, but large gaps still exist in who goes where and who completes degree programs.”<br />(Swail, 2002, p. 15)<br />College administrators and faculty are concerned with entering freshmen retention and completion rates<br />Preparing HS graduates for college will continue to be challenging<br />FY2007 – Post-graduation <br />Kansas:<br />High School:<br />HS Grad. Rate: 89.4% (30,082) <br />Postsecondary Education : 87% (26,113)<br />4-year college:<br />Freshmen retention – 80-90%<br />Graduation rate: 60% (Six years)<br />National: (College Board, 2009)<br />Freshmen retention – 73%; <br />Graduation Rate: 44% (Five years)<br />1/13/2010<br />10<br />Challenges Facing Kansas High Schools<br />
  11. 11. Challenge #3 – EPC SOLUTION<br />Continue KSDE’s efforts through its Career Preparation & Applications programs in creating a learning environment that informs students that college is possible and needed;<br />Work with KS universities to improve standards and assessments;<br />Share what programs like YEK, TRIO and GEAR-UP are doing to prepare their students;<br />Cultivate and share best practices on involving parents in improving students social and cultural capital; and<br />Explore the many federal and state measures, like high school exit exams and standards to improve college completion.<br />1/13/2010<br />11<br />Challenges Facing Kansas High Schools<br />
  12. 12. Summary<br />Conclusion<br />
  13. 13. Summary<br />There are countless issues facing KS high schools;<br />In order for Kansas to be successful, more attention must be given to:<br />Public school funding<br />Drop out rates<br />College preparedness<br />EPC’s play a vital role in supporting KSDE educators and students; and<br />Educators have difficult jobs, but like myself, they love what they do.<br />1/13/2010<br />13<br />Challenges Facing Kansas High Schools<br />
  14. 14. Summary<br />1/13/2010<br />14<br />Challenges Facing Kansas High Schools<br />
  15. 15. Questions?<br />Thank you<br />
  16. 16. References<br />Baker, T. & Velez, W. (1996). Access to and opportunity in postsecondary education in the United States: A review. Sociology of Education, 69, 82-101<br />College Board, The (2007, 2008, 2009). Trends in Student Aid, Author, Washington, DC<br />Kansas Department of Education (2009), Assessment Reports¸ Author, Topeka, KS <br />McDonough, P. M. (2004). The school to college transition: Challenges and prospects. Washington, DC: American Council on Education.<br />National Center for Education Statistics (2007, 2008), Digest of education statistics: 2006-2008 Author, Washington, DC<br />Prescott, B. (2008). Knocking at the college door: Projections of high school graduates by state, income and race/ethnicity, 1992 to 2022. Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education publisher<br />Swail, W. S. (2002). Higher education and the new demographics: Questions for policy. Change, 4, 15-23.<br />US Census Report. (2009). Authors, Washington, DC <br />1/13/2010<br />16<br />Challenges Facing Kansas High Schools<br />