Measuring Up



Kansas

Not scored

See a summary of the state’s charter law.

See additional observations about charters in the state.

What is the state of charter schools in Kansas?

GROWTH INDICATORS

 

 

Score


1. Public school share
 (2014–15)

N/A

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

Number

Percentage

 

Public charter schools

11

1%

 

 


2. Public school student share
 (2014–15)

N/A

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

Number

Percentage

 

Public charter school students

2,677

1%

 

 

3. Students by race and ethnicity (2013–14)

N/A

weight = 2 | Possible total = 8

Charters

Traditional

Difference

White

77%

66%

11%

Black

6%

7%

-1%

Hispanic

10%

18%

-8%

Asian

1%

3%

-2%

Other

6%

6%

0%

Total minority

23%

34%

-11%

 

4. Students in special populations (2013–14)

N/A

weight = 2 | Possible total = 8

Charters

Traditional

Difference

Free and reduced-price lunch status

23%

50%

-27%

Special education status

N/A

N/A

N/A

English learner status

N/A

N/A

N/A

Total special student populations

23%

50%

-27%

 

5. Schools by geographic distribution (2012–13)

N/A

weight = 2 | Possible total = 8

Charters

Traditional

Difference

City

7%

18%

-11%

Suburb

0%

12%

-12%

Town

20%

25%

-5%

Rural

73%

45%

28%

Total nonsuburban

100%

88%

12%

 

6. Communities with more than 10 percent of students in public charter schools (2014–15)

N/A

weight = 1 | Possible total = 4

 

 

 

Number of communities with more than 10 percent of students in public charter schools

0

   
 

7. New public charter schools opened over the past five years  (2010–15)

N/A

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

 

 

 

2010–11

0

Average Annual Open Rate

0.0%

2011–12

0

2012–13

0

2013–14

0

2014–15

0

Total number

0

 

 

 

8. Public charter schools closed over the past five years (2009–14)

N/A

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

 

 

 

2009–10

11

Average Annual Closure Rate

45.5%

2010–11

8

2011–12

2

2012–13

4

2013–14

0

Total number

25

 

 

 
 

INNOVATION INDICATORS

 

 

Score

9. Percentage of charter schools with an identified special focus (2012–13)

N/A

weight = 2 | Possible total = 8

 

 

 

No Excuses

0%

Total

45%

STEM

0%

Arts

0%

Classical

0%

Purposely diverse

0%

Single sex

0%

International/Foreign language

0%

Montessori/Waldorf

13%

Dropout/Expulsion recovery

13%

Military

0%

Vocational training

9%

Public policy/Citizenship

0%

 

QUALITY INDICATORS

 

 

Score

10. Additional days of learning in reading (2007–11)

N/A

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

 

 

 

Number of additional days of learning in reading

 

 

 

11. Additional days of learning in math (2007–11)

N/A

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

 

 

 

Number of additional days of learning in math

 

 

 

12. Percentage point change in top categories in state accountability system (2012–14)

N/A

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

 2012-13

2013-14

Difference

 

 

 

 

13. Percentage point change in bottom categories in state accountability system (2012–14)

N/A

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

 2012-13

2013-14

Difference

 

 

 

 

Items Reported But Not Scored

Startups versus conversions (2014–15)

 

Startups

Conversions

 

 

Percentage of a state’s public charter schools

91%

9%

 

 

 

Charter authorizers (2014–15)

 

Number of authorizers

Number of charter schools

Average number of charters per authorizer

Percentage of the state’s public charters authorized by this type of authorizer

Local education agency

11

11

1

100%

State education agency

Independent charter board

Noneducational government entity

Higher education institution

Nonprofit

 

Virtual public charter schools and students (2013–14)

Number of virtual public charter school students

785

 

 

Percentage of a state’s public charter school student population enrolled
in virtual charter schools

31%

 

 

Number of virtual public charter schools

2

 

 

Percentage of a state’s public charter schools that are virtual charter schools

18%

 

 

 

Health of the Movement Summary

Kansas enacted its charter public school law in 1994. In our most recent rankings of state charter school laws, Kansas’ law ranked #42 out of 43, making it one of the weakest laws in the country. While the law does not cap charter school growth, it allows only local school district authorizers and provides little autonomy, insufficient accountability, and inequitable funding to charters.

A state’s charter public school movement had to meet three conditions to be scored and ranked in this year’s report. First, the movement had to serve at least 2 percent of the state’s public school students. Second, the state had to participate in CREDO’s National Charter School Study 2013 so that we had a measure of student academic growth data for its charter public schools in comparison with its traditional public schools. Third, the state had to have a state accountability system in place that categorized all public schools on the basis of performance in 2012-13 and 2013-14. Kansas’ movement did not meet at least one of these conditions, so we did not score and rank it in this year’s report.

However, below we provide the data we were able to gather. Based on this information, we offer the following observations:

  • In 2014-15, there were 11 charter public schools and 2,677 charter public school students in Kansas, constituting 1 percent of the state’s public schools and 1 percent of the state’s public school students, respectively.
  • In 2013-14, charter public schools in Kansas served lower percentages of racial and ethnic minority students (11 percentage points less) and free and reduced-price lunch students (27 percentage points less) when compared with traditional public schools.
  • In 2012-13, 100 percent of charter public schools were located in nonsuburban areas as compared with 88 percent of traditional public schools.
  • Between 2010-11 and 2014-15, zero new charter public schools opened in Kansas.
  • Between 2009-10 and 2013-14, 25 charter public schools closed in Kansas, a 45.5 percent average annual closure rate.
  • In 2012-13, 45 percent of the state’s charter public schools were special-focus schools.
  • In 2014-15, 91 percent of the state’s charter public schools were start-ups and 9 percent were conversions.
  • Only local school districts are allowed to authorize in the state. As of 2014-15, 11 had done so.
  • In 2013-14, two full-time virtual charter public schools operated in Kansas, serving 785 students (18 percent of the state’s charter public school population).