KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Public Schools District is one step closer to reaching full accreditation.
The school's annual progress report released Monday shows the district has earned enough points needed to hit the mark.
This is the first time in nearly 30 years KCPS earned enough points from the state to qualify for full accreditation.
Missouri requires at least a score of 70-percent out of the 140 points possible. Kansas City Public Schools earned exactly 98 points, which is 8.5 points higher than last year's totals.
Kansas City Public School system was stripped of accreditation back in 2011.
Since superintendent Mark Bedell first took over as head of the district this summer, he has said full accreditation was his main goal.
2016 Annual Progress Report
Kansas City Public Schools
- 27 schools achieved points necessary
- More students taking the ACT exam
- Earned 100-percent of points possible for attendance
- Earned 26 out of 30 points for College and Career Readiness
Taking a closer look at the report 27 schools achieved the points necessary for full accreditation, including all seven high schools.
The number of students taking the ACT exam was 89-percent among high school juniors, which is up nearly 5-percent from last year.
KCPS also earned 26 out of the 30 points possible for college and career readiness.
To grain accreditation, the state board of education will need to vote.
Typically, districts need to show scores over a two year period.
Bedell says the hope is to be awarded accreditation next year.