Contrary to the claims of outgoing Kansas State Board of Education member Walt Chappell of Wichita, state education officials are not involved in a “massive cover-up.” They are not “gaming the system” to dupe parents and the public into thinking that our schools are better than they really are. There is no conspiracy. The Kansas assessments were peer-reviewed by the U.S. Department of Education and haven’t been dumbed down. Such irresponsible claims are why Chappell has been ostracized and rebuked by his fellow state board members – and likely why he lost his re-election bid in the GOP primary by 22 percentage points.
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