Measuring Up



Kansas

Not scored

See a summary of the state’s charter law.

See additional observations about charters in the state and recommendations to support the growth of high-quality charter schools.

What is the state of charter schools in Kansas?

GROWTH INDICATORS

 

 

Score


1. Public school share
 (2013–14)

N/A

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

Number

Percentage

 

Public charter schools

11

1%

 

 


2. Public school student share
 (2013–14)

N/A

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

Number

Percentage

 

Public charter school students

2,549

1%

 

 

3. Students by race and ethnicity (2012–13)

N/A

weight = 2 | Possible total = 8

Charters

Traditional

Difference

White

75%

68%

7%

Black

3%

8%

-5%

Hispanic

14%

16%

-2%

Asian

6%

6%

0%

Other

6%

6%

0%

Total minority

29%

36%

-7%

 

4. Students in special populations (2012–13)

N/A

weight = 2 | Possible total = 8

Charters

Traditional

Difference

Free and reduced-price lunch status

16%

49%

-33%

Special education status

N/A

N/A

N/A

English learner status

N/A

N/A

N/A

Total special student populations

16%

49%

-33%

 

5. Schools by geographic distribution (2011–12)

N/A

weight = 2 | Possible total = 8

Charters

Traditional

Difference

City

6%

17%

-11%

Suburb

0%

9%

-9%

Town

24%

24%

0%

Rural

71%

50%

21%

Total nonsuburban

100%

91%

9%

 

6. Communities with more than 10 percent of students in public charter schools (2012–13)

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  (2009–14)

N/A

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

 

 

 

2009–10

4

Average Annual Open Rate

3.8%

2010–11

0

2011–12

0

2012–13

0

2013–14

0

Total number

4

 

 

 

 

8. Public charter schools closed over the past five years (2008–13)

N/A

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

 

 

 

2008–09

3

Average Annual Closure Rate

21.9%

2009–10

11

2010–11

8

2011–12

2

2012–13

4

Total number

28

 

 

 

 
 

INNOVATION INDICATORS

 

 

Score

9. Public charter schools reporting use of various innovative practices (2011–12)

N/A

weight = 2 | Possible total = 8

 

 

 

Extended day (30 minutes or more each day compared to traditional public schools)

25%

Average

21%

Extended year (10 or more days compared to traditional public schools)

0%

Year-round calendar

0%

Independent study

50%

School-to-work

0%

Higher education courses

50%

 
 

QUALITY INDICATORS

 

 

Score

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

N/A

weight = 4 | Possible total = 16

 

 

 

Number of additional days of learning in reading

-

 

 

 

 

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

N/A

weight = 4 | Possible total = 16

 

 

 

Number of additional days of learning in math

-

 

 

 

Items Reported But Not Scored

Startups versus conversions (2012–13)

 

Startups

Conversions

 

 

Percentage of a state’s public charter schools

93%

7%

 

 

 

Public charter schools that are independent, associated with a CMO, or associated with an EMO (2010–11)

 

Number

Percentage

 

 

Independent

23

92%

 

 

Charter management organization

0

0%

 

 

Education management organization

2

8%

 

 

 

Charter authorizers (2013–14)

 

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 (2012–13)

Number of virtual public charter school students

2,243

 

 

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

74%

 

 

Number of virtual public charter schools

4

 

 

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

27%

 

 

 

Health of the Movement Summary

A state’s public charter school movement had to meet two conditions to be scored and ranked in this year’s report. First, the movement had to serve at least 1 percent of the state’s public school students. Second, the state had to participate in the Center for Research on Education Outcomes’ (CREDO) 2013 National Charter School Study so that we had a measure of student academic growth data for its public charter schools in comparison to its traditional public schools. Kansas’ charter school movement did not meet either condition. Therefore, we did not score and rank Kansas’ public charter school movement in this year’s report.

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

  • In 2013–14, there were 11 public charter schools and 2,549 public charter school students in Kansas, constituting 1 percent of the state’s public schools and 1 percent of the state’s public school students, respectively.
  • Public charter schools in Kansas served lower percentages of racial and ethnic minority students (7 percentage points less) and free and reduced-price lunch students (33 percentage points less) when compared with traditional public schools in 2012–13.
  • One hundred percent of public charter schools were located in nonsuburban areas in 2011–12 as compared to 91 percent of traditional public schools.
  • Four new public charter schools opened in Kansas between 2009–10 and 2013–14. The average annual open rate was 3.8 percent.
  • Twenty-eight public charter schools closed in Kansas between 2008–09 and 2012–13, a 21.9 percent average annual closure rate.
  • An average of 21 percent of the state’s public charter schools reported using one of the six innovative practices that we tracked in 2011–12.
  • Ninety-three percent of the state’s public charter schools were startups, and 7 percent were conversions in 2012–13.
  • In 2010–11, 92 percent of the public charter schools were independently managed, and 8 percent were associated with a for-profit educational management organization. No public charter schools were associated with a nonprofit charter management organization.
  • Only local school districts are allowed to authorize in the state. Eleven of them had done so as of 2013–14.
  • There were four virtual public charter schools open in 2012–13, serving 2,243 students (74 percent of the state’s public charter school population).

Recommendations

Kansas has very small populations of public charter schools and public charter school students. To better support the growth of high-quality public charter schools, we encourage the state to change its law to create additional authorizing options, strengthen accountability, increase operational autonomy, and ensure equitable operational funding and equitable access to capital funding and facilities. We also encourage the state to explore why public charter schools are serving lower percentages of racial and ethnic minority students and free and reduced-price lunch students than traditional public schools.