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New Kansas Student Assessment Scores Expected

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Kansas education officials will soon release scores from a new set of state tests. Those scores could come in lower than some people expect.

Marianne Perie, with the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation at the University of Kansas, which developed the new exams, says students are taking different tests and they need to get used to the process.

“Just sitting there and taking it for that long is something that they’re learning to do. I always say with a new assessment program, we expect the first year to be the worst data we ever see, and we see a huge amount of improvement in the first three years,” Perie says.

Last year's testing was plagued by cyberattacks. This year's results are expected to be released next month.

Stephen Koranda is Statehouse reporter for Kansas Public Radio and the Kansas News Service, a collaboration of KCUR, KMUW, Kansas Public Radio and High Plains Radio covering health, education and politics.