One of our State Representatives asked me to provide some basic information about how Kansas Students are doing compared to previous years. This post shows information about achievement and attainment measures comparing Kansas to the U.S. These charts come from the KIDS COUNT Data Center (datacenter.kidscount.org).
The next graph comes from NCES and shows the percent of students at or above all four ACT benchmarks.
To summarize the data presented above, Kansas achievement and attainment levels have been fairly stable over the past several years, and in most cases show better outcomes than for the nation as a whole.
The final graph included below is also from KIDS COUNT and shows that from 2005 to 2009, Kansas spent more per pupil than the national average (adjusting for regional cost differences), but has been spending less per pupil than the national average since, which could attribute to the lack of notable improvement in student education outcomes shown above.