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Road Map for Kansas - Measurable Goals

We are focused on growing the Kansas economy, reforming state government, excelling in education, and protecting families through our Road Map for Kansas. We are working to enhance opportunity, demand accountability and take responsibility for helping build a future for our state that is as good, positive and uplifting as its people. This is our commitment, our resolve, and our promise.

National and global forces of which we will have little control will certainly come to bear on Kansas during the next decade. But without goals and a focus, we will simply wave in the wind waiting for a change of weather. We cannot any longer stand idly as global events overtake us.  In this spirit, we are committed to the Kansas Report Card for the Brownback Administration.  Here is how we are doing:

Increase in net personal income. This metric will be measured according to statistics made publicly available by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis on disposable per-capita personal income. Source: Click Here to Review the Data

  • January 2011: $697.66/Average weekly earnings
  • January 2012: $731.82/Average weekly earnings
  • January 2013: $734.71/Average weekly earnings
  • January 2014:

Increase in private sector employment. This metric will be measured according to statistics made publicly available by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on private sector non-farm jobs. Source: Click Here to Review the Data  (In thousands, seasonally adjusted.)

  • December 2010: 1,072.8
  • January 2012: 1,094
  • January 2013: 1,110.5
  • January 2014:

Increase in the percentage of 4th graders reading at grade level. This metric will be measured according to National Assessment of Educational Progress 4th grade reading scores. Source: Click Here to Review the Data

  • 2011: 28% of 4th graders read below the ‘basic’ level
  •            64% of 4th graders scored below the ‘proficient’ level.
  • 2013: 29% of 4th graders read below the ‘basic’ level
          63% of 4th graders scored below the ‘proficient’ level.

Increase in the percentage of high school graduates who are college or career ready. The Governor’s Office worked with the Kansas Department of Education to craft a transparent and understandable metric: College Ready students plus Career Ready students, divided by the total number of juniors and seniors in high school in Kansas. Definition of College Ready:  Number of high school students who score 21 or higher on the ACT.  (21 is the admissions standard set by the KBOR.) Definition of Career Ready:  Number of high school students who receive a technical certification.

  • 2011: 23%
  • 2012:
  • 2013:
  • 2014:

Decrease in the percentage of Kansas’ children who live in poverty.  This metric will be measured according to the percentage of Kansas children living in poverty as provided by the Annie E. Casey Foundation every two years.  Source:  Click Here to Review the Data

  • 2011: 19%
  • 2013: