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Education changes on the docket for Kansas in 2013
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2012 16:14 PM

Even though the 2012-2013 academic year just began, the Kansas State Board of Education is already thinking about the next school year, The Associated Press reported. Beginning in 2013, state education officials will have to make policy decisions that are expected to spark wide-reaching changes in classrooms throughout Kansas.

In the opinion of Diane DeBacker, Kansas' commissioner of education, 2013 could shape up to be the busiest year for state education officials since the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 was enacted.

"We had the same type of frenzy of everything happening at one time," DeBacker told the news source in reference to 2001. "We've actually looked at how we can maybe slow some of that down, what's under our control and what's under somebody else's control."

In 2013, the Kansas State Board of Education will continue to implement the Common Core State Standards and decide which assessments they will use to measure students' grasp on them. In addition, officials need to decide whether or not they will adopt the Next Generation Science Standards.

According to the Science Standards' website, they are designed by the National Research Council to ensure that K-12 students acquire the science education they need to thrive in college and compete in a global economy.