Thursday, February 26, 2015

Kansas Out-Performs States with November Elections on Even Years in Almost All Cases

During discussion of the proposed legislation to move school board elections from the spring to fall, the sponsor of the bill, Sen. Mitch Holmes, R-St. John, said that students in most of the 12 states that have school board elections in November of even-numbered years perform better than students in Kansas.

The following table shows how many of the 12 states that have such elections (AZ, FL, IN, KY, LA, MD, MI, NE, NV, RI, UT, WY) performed better than Kansas in key student outcome variables.

StatisticNumber of States Performing Better than KansasPercent of States Performing Better than Kansas
NAEP All Students at Basic or Above216.67%
NAEP Non-Free/Reduced Lunch Students at Basic or Above00.00%
NAEP Free/Reduced Lunch Students at Basic or Above325.00%
NAEP All Students at Proficient or Above216.67%
NAEP Non-Free/Reduced Lunch Students at Proficient or Above18.33%
NAEP Free/Reduced Lunch Students at Proficient or Above325.00%
NAEP Six Score Average216.67%
Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate All Students216.67%
Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate Economically Disadvantages216.67%
Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate Students with Disabilities00.00%
Average Freshman Graduation Rate18.33%
18-24 Year Old High-School Completers758.33%
Average High School Completion18.33%
ACT Percent Meeting All 4 College Benchmarks00.00%
ACT Percent Meeting English Benchmark112.50%
ACT Percent Meeting Math Benchmark00.00%
ACT Four Score Average112.50%
Percent of Population 18-24 with some College or Associates Degree216.67%
Percent of Population 18-24 with Bachelor's Degree or Higher541.67%
Percent of Population 18-24 with more than a High School Diploma541.67%
Percent of Population 25 and up with at least a High School Diploma325.00%
Percent of Population 25 and up with at least a Four-Year Degree325.00%
Percent of Population 25 and up with an Advanced Degree216.67%
Average Attainment Population 25 and up216.67%

(Note that four states were excluded from the comparison of ACT based on the percent of students who participate in those states.)

So what does this table tell us?  It tells us that we cannot say, based on available data, that states with school board elections held in November of even years have students performing, on average, better than Kansas students.  In fact, we can assert that the students in these states most often have student outcomes lower than those for Kansas students.

It is also important to note that, based on total K-12 total revenue per pupil, half of these states spend more on education and six spend less.

For more on the data this post is based on, click here.

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