KCSD Improves, Hickman Mills Slips in Latest State School Report

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Missouri School District has improved slightly, according to the latest school performance report released by the state. But another metro school district may be in trouble of soon losing their accreditation.

According to the report from the Missouri Department Of Elementary & Secondary Education released on Tuesday, the Hickman Mills School District in south Kansas City was only rated as acceptable in seven out of 14 categories, making it likely to slip from full state accreditation to just provisional accreditation this fall.

Districts in Missouri need to meet a minimum of nine standards for full accreditation and six standards for provisional accreditation.

The Kansas City Missouri School District, which lost its accreditation entirely in 2011, improved slightly - completing five of the possible 14 standards and showing improvement in 10 other standards. Last year, the district only completed three of the standards, causing the district to lose its provisional accreditation.

The district has until 2014 to regain its accreditation or face state intervention.

"I hope now that people will see that we're not a district on a downward spiral, but a district on an upward climb," Kansas City Superintendent Steve Green told the Kansas City Star. "I think we've made a significant step in the right direction."

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