KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Hickman Mills Schools lost their full accreditation from the Missouri Department of Education on Monday. The school district is now provisionally accredited which is one step above the unaccredited status of the Kansas City School District.
Superintendent Everlyn Williams blames what she calls a delayed examination for the poor performance in students' test scores. Williams says seniors were tested on Algebra, a class some had not taken since their Freshman year. The students weren't given an opportunity for review or a chance to prepare. She says she's not surprised the scores dropped. Hikcman Mills School district only met seven out of 14 academic progress standards after achieving nine the year before.
"We're not there, yes we want to be there," Williams said. "We are still working harder and smarter at trying to reach our goal. If you stay with us be supportive. and also have the faith that we are able to do it."
The district is already providing tutoring to some students who struggled on the tests and will continue to offer them extra academic help. Williams says Missouri academic achievement standards are only going to get tougher in the coming years but she says if everyone helps make students their top priority, she's confident the district can regain full accreditation.
Williams says provisional accreditation is better than being unaccredited. The district will be provisionally accredited for at least the next three years.