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Debate over school testing in Kansas

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Elementary and middle school students in Kansas City, KS, will face a month of tests at the end of the school year that district officials say are unnecessary and a waste of time.

The district requested the U.S. Department of Education to change it's annual testing curriculum to the Measure of Academic Progress.

Superintendent Dr. Cynthia Lane says it is a more comprehensive exam that compares students nationwide as opposed to the Kansas Assessment.

The Department of Education denied the request, requiring KCK students stick with the Kansas Assessment which is ranked in the bottom 25 percent in difficulty, nationwide.

"We don't understand why when a district is asking to raise its standards, hold us to a higher accountability level, why the Department of Education would say no," Lane said.

Lane chose to test students in both exams which will cost teachers an entire month of teaching but having students take the MAP test will give parents like Stacey Chatmon a better idea of where their child stands.

"For me to find out where she was at the beginning, middle and end of the year, how she measures up against other students, gives me an idea how she measures up beyond Kansas," Chatmon said.

Lane says while it is more tedious to give both sets of exams, she feels strongly that students and parents need to know where they stand on the MAP test which is a good indication of college readiness.

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