November 2014 Superintendent Newsletter
Dear USD #416 Wildcat Family,
This past legislative session, the Kansas Legislature passed, and the Governor signed, House Bill 2506. In this bill, the legislatures wanted schools to make sure they were providing the Rose Capacities, or Standards, to all students across Kansas. The Rose Capacities are made up of seven standards that the Supreme Court, Governor, and Legislature believe should be in all Kansas Schools.
The 7 standards include:
- Rose Capacity #1 (Communication/Basic Skills) – Sufficient oral and written communication skills to enable students to function in a complex and rapidly changing civilization.
- Rose Capacity #2 (Civic and Social Engagement) – Sufficient knowledge of economic, social, and political systems to enable the students to make informed choices.
- Rose Capacity #3 (Civic and Social Engagement) – Sufficient understanding of governmental processes to enable the students to understand the issues that affect his or her community, state, and nation.
- Rose Capacity #4 (Physical and Mental Health) – Sufficient self-knowledge and knowledge of his or her mental and physical wellness.
- Rose Capacity #5 (Arts and Cultural Appreciation) – Sufficient grounding in the arts to enable each student to appreciate his or her cultural and historical heritage.
- Rose Capacity #6 (Postsecondary and Career Preparation) – Sufficient training or preparation for advanced training in either academic or vocational fields so as to enable each child to choose and pursue like work intelligently.
- Rose Capacity #7 (Postsecondary and Career Preparation) – Sufficient levels of academic or vocational skills to enable public school students to compete favorably with their counterparts in surrounding states, in academics or in the job market.
I am proud that, in USD #416, we are still able to provide the capacities. I know, in many parts of the state, small schools have had to cut programs that help school districts meet these standards. I am encouraged that the Supreme Court, Governor, and Legislative bodies have agreed on these seven standards. Now, the key is that funding must be at adequate levels to support schools and teachers to make these standards happen in our schools. It is important to support more funding to public schools so we can continue to support these standards and make sure our students are getting the best education they truly deserve.
For more information, please visit http://www.kasb.org > Advocacy Services > NEWS Briefs > Rose Standards.
Dr. Brian R. Biermann, Superintendent
USD #416 Louisburg School District