Kansas has some of the highest education achievement standards in the country, but students are struggling to reach that high bar.
The new report from the National Center For Education Statistics standardized state proficiency assessments for math and reading in 2015. For eighth grade, Kansas had the highest benchmark for proficiency in both reading and math out of the states evaluated.
Kansas adopted tougher education standards in 2015. The higher benchmark meant fewer students labeled as college and career ready. Less than half of students were proficient in reading; for math, it was a third.