State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile

State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile - Kansas

June 2018


This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations. A profile was sent to each state for review and modification, as needed.
 


Kindergarten Requirements
What is the compulsory school age? Age 7 Kan. Stat. Ann. § 72-3120
What is the state's kindergarten entrance age? Age 5 on or before August 31 Kan. Stat. Ann. § 72-3118
What age exemptions or waivers exist for kindergarten entrance? Opt-in: Any child who was a resident of another state and attended kindergarten is eligible to enroll in kindergarten. Kan. Stat. Ann. § 72-3118
Does the state require children to attend kindergarten? No Kan. Stat. Ann. § 72-1171 (West)
Does the state require the district to offer kindergarten and if so, full or half day? What exemptions exist for districts? Yes — Half-Day Kan. Stat. Ann. § 72-3216 ;
Kan. Stat. Ann. § 72-3216
How many hours are required for grades K-3? 465 hours per year for kindergarten. 1,116 hours per year for grades 1-11. Kan. Stat. Ann. § 72-3115
Teacher Quality
What are the teacher-to-student ratio requirements for grade K-3? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in reading? Not specified in statute, rules, or regulation. Kan. Admin. Regs. 91-1-230 through 236;

Kan. Admin. Regs. 91-1-217 through 218
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in math? Not specified in statute, rules, or regulation. Kan. Admin. Regs. 91-1-230 through 236;
Kan. Admin. Regs. 91-1-217 through 218
Does the state have an early learning endorsement or license specific to K-3? Birth through Kindergarten endorsement, Birth through Grade 3 endorsement and Prekindergarten through grade 3 endorsement. Kan. Admin. Regs. 91-1-202
School Readiness and Transitions
Are kindergarten entrance assessments required? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations
What are states required to do with the results of the KEA? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Are there programs in place to guide the pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition process? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Does the state have a statutory definition of school readiness? What do states use their definition of school readiness to inform? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Assessment, Intervention and Retention
Are assessments required in grades K-3? Each school district is required to annually determine a child's math and reading skills and progression using state assessments or other diagnostic assessments that meet state standards for grades K-3. Kan. Stat. Ann. § 72-3567
What do the results of K-3 assessments inform? Results of the assessment are used to inform intervention service needs. Kan. Stat. Ann. § 72-3567
Are there interventions available beginning in kindergarten? What are the interventions available for students in grades K-3? Interventions may include individual instruction, alternative teaching methods, restructured school days and extended learning time. Kan. Stat. Ann. § 72-3567
Is there a third grade retention policy? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations. Kan. Stat. Ann. § 72-3567
Family Engagement
For those states with pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition guidance, is family engagement a requirement? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
For those states with third grade retention policies, is parental input required? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Social-Emotional Learning
Where is social-emotional development emphasized in statute? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.

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