KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Public Schools announced on Friday that it hit the threshold for full accreditation, achieving its highest Annual Progress Report mark in district history at 82.9 percent. The Missouri State Board of Education will vote to decide if the district will move up from provisional to full accreditation.
The district achieved significant APR improvement over the past seven years:
2012 – 27 percent
2013 – 60 percent
2014 – 66 percent
2015 – 63.9 percent
2016 – 70 percent
2017 – 63.9 percent
2018 – 82.9 percent
The school district marked the occasion with a celebratory news conference on Friday morning, you can watch a replay at the top of the page.
“More than anything, I want to express our deep sense of gratitude to everyone who contributed in numerous ways that helped us reach this remarkable achievement,” Dr. Bedell stated in a news release. “Today, Kansas City Public Schools stands alongside other school systems in the metro area with scores that are competitive if not better than the others.”
Every year, Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education produces an APR that measures improvement based on several different factors for every public school and Local Education Agency (school district) in the state. These performance factors include, among other elements, Missouri Assessment Program and End-of-Course exam results, attendance and graduation rates, and career and college readiness.
APR points are accumulated for achievement and improvement in each category. School districts are expected to get at least 70 percent of the possible points in order to be considered at a “full accreditation” level.
After losing provisional accreditation in 2011, KCPS regained that status state school board in 2014. Dr. Bedell highlighted three standout points for KCPS in the 2018 APR results.
First, KCPS students performed better than they ever have in recent memory on state exams in math and English language arts, earning 15 out of 16 points. Just as important, KCPS did not have to use DESE’s “hold harmless” option to earn these points. The state gives school districts the opportunity to use scores from up to two years ago if that will earn them more points than they would by using results from the current year. KCPS did not need to use that option in 2018. These points reflect current and ongoing academic progress by students.
KCPS is either at or on track to reach state goals for 2020 in all three College and Career Readiness expectations: six out of 10 points in assessments, which includes the ACT, SAT, ASVAB and ACT WorkKeys exams; 9.5 out of 10 points in Advanced Placement; and 10 out of 10 in Post-Secondary Placement.
“I would suggest that this is one of the most important categories measured by the state,” Dr. Bedell stated. “These results demonstrate that we are truly preparing our students to succeed after graduation.”
Finally, KCPS earned 24 out of 30 points for its graduation rate. The five, six, and seven-year graduation rates are all on pace to meet state expectations by 2020.
“We aren’t where we need to be yet with graduation rates, but we are taking the necessary steps to get them there,” Dr. Bedell stated. “But given our rates of student mobility and the fact that we serve all students regardless of when they come to us, I believe that our graduation rates will continue to be a source of celebration.”
FOX4 will have continuing coverage of Friday’s developments during later newscasts and on fox4kc.com.