Kansas City Public Schools reports the district is on its way to re-accreditation

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City Public School officials said preliminary information leads them to believe they could earn provisional accreditation as early as fall 2013. The district announced the information in a news release Tuesday.

A district spokesperson said the district had an increase in end-of-course exam results for high school students and expected increases in student achievement data for students grades 3-11.

"The KCPS team is very encouraged by these preliminary results, but we are far from satisfied. Much work remains to be done to continue increasing student achievement," said Superintendent Dr. R. Stephen Green in a news release. "The early returns look promising and we still need to receive the final data, but we appear close to qualifying for our short-term goal of provisional accreditation."

The district said it has already earned 38.5 APR points to-date, which is an increase of 10.5 points from its initial score. KCPS said it submitted revised data to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education that supported its claims of improved performance.

The district also claims increased performance in Algebra I, Biology, English 2 and Government exams in high school students. It also expects to meet college and career readiness standards.

"As a community, we must use these strong gains as a stepping stone. They cannot be seen as a finish line," Green said. "We will be relentless in our persistence toward increasing student achievement. These results show we are on the way to that outcome."

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